If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, there are a number of factors you need to keep in mind. First and most importantly is the power output levels of the new system, which need to match the specifics of your home precisely, and should be neither overpowered (which causes short cycling) nor under-powered (which won’t cool the home adequately). Once that’s been decided, however, the next step is to carefully examine the system’s SEER rating and look for the highest one within your price range. What is it and why is it so important? Read on for the answers.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
The term SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it simply measures the amount of cooling output the unit generates over a given period of time, measured against the amount of energy it consumes during the same amount of time. The higher the rating, the more effectively the system does its job, and the less it costs to run when compared to a similar unit with a lower SEER rating running for the same amount of time.
In the United States, new air conditioners must have SEER ratings of 14 or higher. Older systems, however, may be much lower: as low as 10 SEER listed on its packaging, and likely even less efficient than that owing to effects of wear and tear. That gives you a very good idea what kind of difference a high SEER rating can make. The older your existing system, the better the chances of you seeing a big reduction in your monthly cooling bills when you turn it on.
And that’s one of the reasons why installing a new air conditioner in the spring makes all kinds of sense. Not only does it avoid the risk of an unexpected shutdown right in the middle of a heat wave, but the higher SEER number means that you can start enjoying the savings on your monthly bills almost immediately. That can pay huge dividends as the summer goes on, and the sooner you install a more efficient air conditioning system, the less the long-term costs will be. Depending upon the circumstances, it may even take a bite out of the cost of replacing your air conditioner: replacing your system with one with a higher SEER rating now can be much less expensive than doing so after the summer or during the summer.
But it goes beyond that. Improved efficiency means less wear and tear on the system, which helps individual components last longer before needing to be replaced. That ensures that you get the most out of your investment, and when coupled with yearly maintenance and sensible use, may even extend the overall life of the system beyond its listed warranty. Considering the cost of replacing an air conditioning system, you want to get the most out of the investment that you can.
For quality air conditioning replacement service throughout the Springfield, PA area, call on Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.
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