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There is no doubt that a new cooling system is a major investment to your home upgrades. With a wide variety of products on the market it can be very tempting to select a model based on price point alone. With cheap models, you will be saving money up front, but if you actually sit down and do the math you may find that over the life of your new AC there could be long-term savings in the more expensive, high efficient models.
The energy efficiency of an air conditioner is measured by SEER rating, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is the ratio that compares the unit's cooling output to the amount of energy it actually uses. Most older units probably carry a rating of 9, while newer ACs generally have a SEER rating of 13. To be considered high efficient, ACs must have a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the AC is.
How does SEER rating effect your monthly energy bill? Here's an example. If you replace your old AC that has a SEER rating of 9, with a SEER 13 unit, you can expect to save about 30% on your monthly energy bill in the summer. In fact, for every additional SEER rating, you can expect about 6% - 7% more savings. So roughly, if your annual cooling costs are about $480/year with your current SEER 10 AC unit, upgrading to a SEER 13 will generally save you about $110 on cooling costs over the year. If you selected a SEER 14, you would be saving about $140/year.
In order to fully receive the maximum cost savings described above, you must make sure that the appropriate sized unit is selected for the size of your home and that the unit is installed properly and is working at maximum efficiency. This means annual inspections and ensuring there is no airflow loss through leaky ductwork. By choosing a knowledgeable HVAC company, you can be assured that problem areas will be spotted.
At 4 Season Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we strive for excellence and work hard to make sure we leave our customers happy and comfortable. We are a family owned business that has been in the industry for over 13 years. We have built highly a talented and knowledgable team of technicians that you can trust with your HVAC upgrades. We supply a wide variety of cooling products to choose from that are sure to fit your home's specs, your lifestyle and your budget.
For more information of the right cooling unit for you, or to book a free, in-home, no-obligation quote, call us at (204) 953-5700 or book online from our Contact page.