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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it measures how productive your air conditioner is at turning electricity into chilled air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric expenses.

However, there are lots of different options on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating usually is accompanied by a higher price. So, how can you find out which one is best for your house?

At Ohler & Holzhauer Inc., we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 419-465-8722. Our skilled air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how they can influence your loved ones’ comfort. And your electric bills.

What Does the SEER Rating Even Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners must be at least 13 SEER in the north United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER rating is, you can look at the sticker on the unit outside your home. If you can’t see the sticker, you can give us a call at 419-465-8722 for support.

If your air conditioner was installed before that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has rapidly changed in the past several years, with big developments in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on air conditioning expenses, as the thermostat can seamlessly change your temperature settings when you’re away.

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

Is a Higher SEER Rating Always Better?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at converting electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as high as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation means the air conditioner meets EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll normally get the difference back throughout the years through lower electric bills. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and up, use about 8% less electricity than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can run at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your house while keeping your energy costs reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can run for longer without consuming a lot more energy.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner depends on this system’s blower to send chilled air throughout your house. Furnaces only run for approximately 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. are here to support you. Reach us at 419-465-8722 to schedule your free home comfort analysis now.