Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps are big ticket items and you want to make sure that you buy the right equipment to keep your energy bills within your budget. All new air conditioners are required by the U.S. Department of Energy to meet minimum efficiency ratings (SEER ratings). The SEER rating allows consumers to better compare one system to another. The following will explain what goes into the SEER ratings so you can better understand them…
Calculating Your Savings
AC units have a range of 13-25 SEER and a higher number means the unit is more energy efficient. The more efficient the unit, the more you will save on your energy bills. An air conditioner unit’s average performance is measured through certain calculations to determine it’s SEER rating. So the less energy a unit uses, the higher it’s SEER rating will be. Just know that your AC system is only one of the factors that will determine your actual energy bills, since the size of your house and how well it’s insulated will also be factors. To help you estimate your savings you can use the following tools…
The SEER Rating Explained
In 2006, The U.S. Department of Energy started requiring that all newly installed central AC units had at least a SEER of 13. At that time most units used a lot of energy and would have SEER ratings that could dip down to 6 or so. Today the average SEER rating for a air conditioning unit is 15-18. The minimum SEER rating was raised to 14 for most South Eastern and South Western States with warmer climates. Check with a professional HVAC in your area to know your states requirement. Units with higher SEER ratings are more efficient, so they cost more at installation but you’ll save year after year because of the energy savings. The difference of a 15 SEER unit and a 17 SEER unit could add $1,500 to $2,500 to the units purchase price.
Use a Professional HVAC Company to Design and Install Your Air Conditioning System
All houses need a custom AC system because a professional will need to determine the right size air conditioning unit for your home and it’s situation. If your unit is too small, it will never stop running and wear down quickly. If your unit is too large, you are going to have a hard time cooling your home evenly. For most homeowners, a unit with a SEER between 15 and 18 is a good choice but other factors will come into play and that is where a professional HVAC Installer will be able to help. If you are in your “forever” house than it may make sense to go for a higher SEER rating to gain energy savings over the years. If you are moving in a couple of years, then a 15-18 SEER could be your best bet. Ask a professional AC Installer and they will be able to help you!
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