Most homeowners don’t realize just how important efficiency is when it comes to saving money while using their air conditioning system. Of course, high-efficiency appliances are going to cost more upfront, however the money you’ll save on your monthly utility bills will more than likely make up for this.
Before you can determine how much a high efficiency AC system will save you, it’s essential that you understand how this efficiency is determined. Modern air conditioners come with a ratio called the seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER). The higher the SEER is on an air conditioner, the more efficient that model is.
What Exactly Does SEER Measure?
SEER is a measurement of the amount of cooling power your unit provides divided by the amount of electricity it uses over the course of the cooling season. But how do you determine what SEER ratio is best for your air conditioning system and for your home?
In order to be granted the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label of efficiency, an AC system must have a SEER of a minimum of 14. The highest efficiency air conditioning systems typically have a rating around 21–22. In general, the higher the SEER ratio is of any given HVAC system, the more expensive it will be upfront. However as we stated above, the savings from efficiency will likely more than make up for this loss.
A Note About Choosing the Highest SEER Ratio
It may make sense to you to choose an air conditioning system with the highest available SEER ratio. While it’s understandable to assume this, it’s vital that you understand that efficiency doesn’t mean that your AC unit will provide you with sufficient cooling for your specific living space.
Other factors will need to be considered, such as the size of your system. Too small of a unit will not allow your system to properly cool down your home, while too large of a unit will go through a process called short-cycling, which will wear down your system too much. Be sure to speak to a professional about the various considerations you should make when choosing a new air conditioner.
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