Almost everyone understands the need to increase energy efficiency in their homes, but when it comes to buying a new air conditioner it may be tempting to go with a cheaper model that is less efficient. While choosing a less expensive model may save you money upfront, a high-efficiency air conditioner can save you more money as time goes on.
Before buying the cheaper, less efficient air conditioning model, do the math to see how much an energy efficient model might save you. To help you in your decision-making process, keep reading for a few more HVAC energy efficiency facts to consider.
An air conditioner’s energy efficiency is measured by Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This is the ratio of cooling output relative to the amount of energy input into a particular unit. The higher efficiency units must have a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher (the higher the number, the more efficient a unit). Window units are generally around 10 for SEER ratings while some timeworn air conditioners might be at a 9.
So what does this mean for energy costs? It means that if you replace your old SEER 9 air conditioner with a SEER 13 model, you could expect to cut about 30% from you energy bill in the summer months, depending on your usage pattern.
It is important to note that to achieve maximum energy saving from any unit, it must be installed correctly. By working with an experienced heating and cooling company, you can be sure your units are correctly installed to achieve maximum energy efficiency.
In the market for a new air conditioner? If you’re looking to maximize energy efficiency with your purchase; our team at Morelli is ready to help you make the best choice to fit your budget and energy efficiency goals.