Buying a new air conditioning system is a big decision. Purchasing an energy-efficient A/C unit will help you realize significant savings year after year.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
SEER is a measure of a system’s efficiency. The more efficient the system, the cheaper it is to operate; Similar to MPG on your car. (And more energy-efficient systems are also better for the environment, so it’s GREEN, it’s a win-win!) The minimum SEER rating for systems produced today is 13 SEER (some older ones are rated at six or less).
I know what you are thinking and you are correct. Higher SEER models are also more expensive. The ideal balance for your home will depend upon how often you use air conditioning. For example, having a 24 SEER system for a Florida vacation home you only use during the winter doesn’t make much sense, but a high SEER system makes perfect sense if you live in Florida year round.
Review Your Savings
Knowing how much you could save is an important factor in the buying process. Use the calculator below to see how much you would save by replacing your home’s current A/C system.