If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ve probably started doing a little homework in order to determine the right type of system for your needs. More than likely, you’ve run across SEER rating information and seen different ratings for different systems. You may not think so, but this rating is extremely important, and can help make your choice of a new air conditioner much easier.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio; it’s a bit like MPG ratings for cars. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the system. If you value efficiency in your new air conditioner, then it’s vitally important that you have a good understanding of the significance of this encumber. While there are several different appliances that have SEER ratings, they’re most closely associated with air conditioners.
So What’s the Big Deal, Already?
This rating system is important because it will have a direct effect on your bottom line. As stated earlier, the higher the rating the more efficient the system – but higher SEER-rated systems are more expensive as well. The minimum rating is 13 while the highest is 23 (at this point, at least).
More than likely, you have an air conditioning system that is anywhere from 10-15 years old. The SEER rating for your current system is probably in the 8-10 range. If you get an energy-efficient model that is a 13 rating, then you may see up to 40 percent savings on your cooling costs. You may pay a substantial amount on the front end, but it’s quite possible that your yearly savings could more than pay for the cost of your system in the long run. There is also a chance you’ll be able to take advantage of tax credits or rebates in order to minimize your up-front costs.
If you have any questions regarding the type of system you need in order to get the highest SEER rating possible while still remaining within your budget, the professionals with Global Efficient Energy would be glad to help. Contact us online or give us a call at 1-888-826-7881.