New Air-Conditioning Unit? Look For The SEER Rating And Energy Star
Central air conditioners circulate cold air throughout your home using a series of supply and return ducts. The decision to choose central air conditioning will provide you with whole-house cooling at a much greater level of efficiency than a window unit. Still, some central A/C units are more efficient than others. While other factors like size and price of the unit must be taken into account, the SEER rating and presence of an Energy Star label should be a large part of your purchasing decision.
SEER, or the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is a rating that indicates the amount of energy required to cool a space over the entire duration of the cooling season. The higher the rating is, the more efficient the unit will be. Older systems typically have SEER ratings of six or lower, making them quite inefficient compared to today’s minimum required SEER rating of 13. This minimum requirement went into effect on January 26, 2006. You can still buy older systems that have a SEER rating lower than 13, but choosing a newer, more efficient system will prove to be financially wise.
Prior to 2006, the minimum requirement for SEER ratings on new A/C units was ten. By choosing a SEER-13 unit instead, you will appreciate 30 percent greater energy efficiency. Most Energy Star-qualified units have SEER ratings much higher than 13. In fact, there are many with ratings in the low to mid-20s. These will provide you with the best efficiency when it comes to cooling your home this summer.
If your air-conditioning unit has been demanding frequent repairs lately, and the repair costs are beginning to add up, it may be time for an air-conditioning upgrade. Stop throwing good money at bad, and invest your money in a unit that will run smoothly and in an energy-efficient manner as long as you perform proper preventative maintenance. For more information about air conditioners with Energy Star labels and high SEER ratings, contact Sobieski Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.
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