Is a High SEER AC Worth the Investment?

High SEER AC Worth the Investment

HVAC units are rated based on their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is also called a SEER rating. While upgrading your current, older air conditioner model may feel like a pain, it may be worthwhile to invest in a high SEER AC in the near future, especially if your unit is over eight years old. 

Read on to learn what a SEER rating is, why it might be an important factor when purchasing a new air conditioner, and how to know when it’s time to replace the air conditioner in your home. 

What Is SEER and Why Should You Care?

The SEER ratio is based on the cooling output over an entire season divided by the total energy used. This tells you the amount of energy used and the money spent to run the AC unit.

In short, a high-efficiency air conditioner with a high SEER rating will save you money because it takes less energy to cool your house. It’ll do a better job of keeping you comfortable when the Michigan summer temperatures skyrocket. The higher the SEER value, the less energy is used, so a high SEER AC is also better for the environment. 

The Benefits of High SEER Air Conditioners

The upfront costs may be higher to purchase a high SEER air conditioner, but the benefits of upgrading include:

  • A more energy-efficient AC in your home, meaning it does a better job of keeping you cool in hot weather
  • Decreased energy bills, especially during the humid Clinton summer
  • Better for the environment, as it wastes less energy as it runs

Installing a properly sized, high-efficiency air conditioner can be advantageous, as these units tend to last for up to 15 years before any problems occur. You can count on your air conditioner to keep your Michigan home comfortable, year after year, without breaking the bank when temperatures soar. 

The Cost of High SEER AC Units

High SEER units are typically more expensive than low SEER air conditioners, sometimes costing several thousand dollars more in initial costs. Upgrading to an energy-efficient air conditioner may be expensive, but many homeowners consider the long-term savings and peace of mind to be worth the initial cost. 

According to the SEER Energy Savings website, a SEER 12 air conditioner consumes around $520 in electricity per year, while a SEER 26-rated unit consumes $230. Upgrading can save you several hundred dollars annually. 

Is a High SEER AC Right for You?

If you’re not sure what kind of air conditioner you need, you may want to consult an HVAC technician. The team at Hoover is knowledgeable about all types of air conditioning options. We’re also familiar with the area’s humidity and climate. 

Our advice is based on your home’s layout, insulation, ceiling height, room sizes, and personal preferences. For some, the noise level is a primary concern, while for others, easy access to filters or multiple temperature settings takes priority. Once we understand your needs, we’ll help you choose the best air conditioner for your home. 

Call Hoover Today

Hoover is Clinton Township’s most trusted HVAC, plumbing, and electrical service provider. We help keep Michigan families comfortable year-round. Our prices are competitive, and we’re dedicated to providing the best experience possible to our customers. All our techs are experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly. 

If you’re considering a new AC purchase or want to talk to somebody about upgrading your home’s AC to a higher SEER-rated unit, call Hoover Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling at (568) 685-7857 or schedule an appointment using our online portal. We’re always happy to answer your questions and provide free estimates

If you’re not ready for your upgrade, we also offer air conditioner repair services to keep your current unit running smoothly. There’s no need to worry when you have Hoover on your side.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average lifespan of a high SEER AC unit?

A high SEER AC unit can last an average of 10 to 15 years, especially if it’s regularly maintained by a professional to maintain optimal efficiency. 

Are there any government rebates or incentives available for purchasing a high SEER AC in my area?

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy offers Energy Rebate Programs to provide funding for energy efficiency upgrades in single-family and multi-family homes. Using this rebate, you may be able to install an Energy Star air conditioner in your home, with all upfront costs paid.

The Village of Clinton offers an Energy Efficiency Residential Rebate if you’re a Clinton Electric customer, have purchased your new, energy-efficient air conditioner within the year, and had it retrofitted into an existing home. This offer isn’t available to new builds. 

Will a high SEER AC unit be quieter than my current unit?

In most cases, high SEER air conditioners run more quietly than lower SEER-rated ACs, especially if they have variable-speed compressors and less noisy fan motors. Due to their high efficiency, they don’t need to operate at full capacity at all times, which makes the unit quieter overall. 

Is a high SEER AC unit more complex and therefore prone to more repairs?

It’s possible that your high-SEER AC unit may require more complex repairs and have more expensive parts, which can cost more to repair. On the other hand, it’ll likely last longer than a lower-SEER air conditioner, with lower energy bills. Weigh the pros and cons of each air conditioner to determine which is right for your unique situation. If you’re not sure, ask an HVAC professional.

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