For anyone getting by with an older air conditioner, it’s a good idea to consider SEER ratings.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and indicates the amount of electricity necessary for removing heat from the indoor air.
The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficiency the cooling unit operates. Most states include minimum SEER requirements for air conditioners. The minimum ratings start at 13 and there are current models that achieve up to 26 SEER. Older models typically offer much lower SEER ratings. Plus, efficiency diminishes with wear and tear. Any model still utilizing FREON refrigerant should be replaced immediately. While air conditioners with a higher SEER rating are more expensive, there are often rebates from utility companies to add incentive. There are sometimes tax breaks for making energy-saving improvements to the home. The installation of an ENERGY STAR model can save up to 30% on utility bills, quickly helping to recover the investment. Along with trimming running costs, there are lots of benefits to new air conditioners. Innovations in engineering and technology have made these systems more reliable, reduced management responsibilities, minimized sound levels and elevated comfort and air quality. For homeowners who have replaced windows, put on a new roof, added insulation or completed any kind of remodeling or upgrades, AC installation is the opportunity to properly size the unit. A too-small air conditioner will run constantly, fail to meet demands and succumb to mechanical problems. An oversized unit will cool air effectively. The HVAC technician should measure the cooling needs in BTUs and take into consideration the home’s square footage, occupancy, climate, number of windows and more. There is also the added bonus of modern perks. Today’s cooling systems include features such as adaptable-speed technology, zone control, advanced air filtration, superior dehumidification and wifi accessibility.