A report published by the US Energy Information Association (EIA) shows how electrical costs have surged 28 percent since 2003 without any end in sight. In high-temperature areas like Florida, where air conditioners are a year-round necessity, the situation is worse, and homeowners are constantly looking for ways to cut down on energy costs. One of the best solutions is to consider the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of the cooling unit before purchasing it for your home.
Higher SEER Rating Means More Savings
While the SEER rating is an indicator of efficiency rather than energy consumption, the two are closely connected. In fact, the more efficient your AC is, the less energy it requires to cool your home. So, an AC with a high SEER rating does not have to work as hard, which means a lower electricity bill at the end of the month.
However, you simply cannot waltz into a store and pick up the highest SEER-rated unit. That’s because the price tag of an AC increases according to its efficiency. So, you must consider other factors before you come to a decision.
Low SEER Versus High SEER: Which is a Better Deal?
Check the SEER rating of an AC on the yellow “Energy Guide” sticker. According to federal regulations, 14 SEER is the lowest Floridians are allowed to install in their homes. But the ranking can go as high as 25. The question is, which one do you pick? Of course, even a SEER rating of 21 offers better dehumidification, enhanced comfort, and reduced noise to homeowners. Considering how the average lifespan of an AC system in Florida is between 12 and 15 years, a 14 SEER system saves consumers on their initial purchase, but when it comes to operational costs, they end up spending more over a span of 12 years. On the other hand, a 21 SEER model may cost you more initially, but the yearly electrical savings more than makes up for it.
If your existing AC unit is beyond repair, it’s time you got a new cooling system for your home. Just be sure to check the SEER rating to incur low electricity bills. For professional installation of your new, high SEER rated unit, contact us here.