In the warmer months (or most of the year here in St Augustine, FL), your energy costs may seem to skyrocket. Running an air conditioner can be expensive, so if you need a new air conditioning system, you’re probably looking for something that won’t break the bank from month to month. The technology used in refrigeration systems has advanced to the point that your new air conditioning system will likely cost significantly less to operate, but only if you take the right steps to find an efficient replacement.
Check the SEER
The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a number ranking the efficiency of that particular unit. In Florida, any central air conditioner installed in the state must have a SEER of 14 (although before January 1, 2015, this number was 13). A SEER of 14 may already be more efficient than your previous unit, but you want to find a system with a much higher SEER if you’re looking for maximum efficiency—perhaps closer to 20.
The ENERGY STAR Label
The ENERGY STAR label is awarded only to those systems which meet U.S. government standards of both efficiency and performance. These systems have a SEER of at least 14.5, though often much higher, and they are about 15% more efficient than other models. In fact, according to the ENERGY STAR website, installing a new ENERGY STAR air conditioning system may save you 20% on your energy bills overall.
Trust Trained Technicians
One of the best ways to ensure that your air conditioning system runs as efficiently as possible is by hiring a quality contractor for installation and services. If your air conditioning system is not installed properly, it will not actually save you money. Even if you purchase the most efficient system available, if it is not the proper size for your home, it can consume energy quickly and break down frequently. If parts are not properly mounted, it may become overworked, using up a lot of energy in the process.
Calling the people at AC Designs Inc. gives you access to quality air conditioning installation service in Jacksonville, FL from professionals who strive to save you money from month to month. Call us today!