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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it examines how capable your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A greater number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electrical expenses.

However, there are a lot of different solutions out there for air conditioners. And a higher SEER ranking usually includes a higher cost. So, how do you know which one is ideal for your home?

At Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 405-494-7444. Our skilled air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your home. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s go over SEER ratings and how they can impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your utility bills.

What Does the SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are mandated at minimum 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER number is, you can locate the sticker on the unit outside your home. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 405-494-7444 for support.

If your air conditioner was replaced before that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has rapidly advanced in the past few years, with major progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electric expenses, since the thermostat can seamlessly adjust your temperature settings when you’re gone.

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

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more costly, you’ll normally get the difference back over the years through lower electric bills. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and better, need about 8% less energy than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at different speeds. This refines comfort for your home while keeping your energy costs reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can operate for longer without needing a lot more power.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to distribute cold air throughout your residence. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help. Give us a call at 405-494-7444 to set your free home comfort analysis now.