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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it gauges how efficient your air conditioner is at converting electricity into cooled air. A high number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical costs.

However, there are lots of varying models to choose from for air conditioners. And a higher SEER rating often involves a more expensive cost. So, how can you find out which one is right for your residence?

At Haselhoff Air Solutions, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 515-450-8739. Our skilled air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s review SEER ratings and how they can influence your family’s comfort. And your utility bills.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER rules. New air conditioners are mandated at minimum 13 SEER in the north United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER number is, you can locate the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can reach us at 515-450-8739 for help.

If your air conditioner was replaced before that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly evolved in the past several years, with big advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on cooling expenses, because the thermostat can seamlessly manage your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual electricity bills. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is a Higher SEER Rating Always Better?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The best efficient models, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation means the air conditioner meets EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll normally get the difference back over the years through reduced utility costs. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and greater, need about 8% less electricity than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at a number of speeds. This improves comfort for your house while keeping your cooling bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can go for longer without requiring a lot more electricity.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to disperse cool air across your residence. Furnaces only run for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Haselhoff Air Solutions are here to assist you. Call us at 515-450-8739 to set your free home comfort analysis right away.