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What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

If you’re thinking about air conditioner installation in Winnipeg, you should also be considering your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it gauges how productive your air conditioner is at converting electricity into cooled air. A bigger number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your electrical expenses.

However, there are lots of different models out there for air conditioners. And a greater SEER number often includes a bigger price tag. So, how do you know which one is ideal for your house?

At Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 204-272-8128. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s go over SEER ratings and how it can influence your family’s comfort. And your energy expenses.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners are mandated at least 13 SEER in the north United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER rating is, you can look at the sticker on the condenser outside your house. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 204-272-8128 for support.

If your air conditioner was put in prior to that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has quickly evolved in the past several years, with huge breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on cooling costs, because the thermostat can automatically manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual electricity expenses. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The most efficient ones, which can go as big as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® certification. This designation shows the air conditioner matches EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often pricier, you’ll normally get the difference back over the years through smaller electric costs. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and better, consume about 8% less energy than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at varying speeds. This improves comfort for your home while keeping your electrical costs down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without consuming a lot more energy.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner depends on this system’s blower to distribute chilled air throughout your house. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to support you. Call us at 204-272-8128 to request your free home comfort analysis today.

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