If you’re worried about energy efficiency with your new air conditioning installation, looking at SEER ratings is a great place to begin. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) determines how energy efficient your cooling system will be throughout the season. This can be an important factor in lowering your summer energy bills. Keep in mind that seasonal efficiency for heating is determined by the HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor), not the SEER rating.
SEER ratings range between 13 and 27. A system with a rating of 16 or higher is considered a high efficiency system. Although a higher SEER rating may mean a greater initial cost, your lowered monthly bills will usually provide more than enough compensation through the years. For greater energy savings, look for a system that also carries the government backed ENERGY STAR label.
Different types and sizes of AC systems may affect the SEER rating. A ductless mini split system is a compact system that blows cool air through multiple indoor air handlers rather than through the ductwork in your home as with a central AC system. A ductless system often includes a higher SEER rating than central AC systems. This is great for your monthly expenses and the smaller size may look more appealing when compared to bulky central AC systems.
You always want to make sure that your AC system is the correct size for your home. While a smaller system with a SEER of 14 may seem like a more attractive offer than a larger system with a SEER of 13, you should never sacrifice buying a properly sized system so that you can afford a system with a higher SEER rating. Work closely with a technician to decide which size system is right for your home. Only a specialist can determine whether the size of your system will lead to an eventual system breakdown, or to a long service life of efficient cooling.
Technicians at AC Designs Inc. are ready to answer your questions about energy efficient systems, sizing, and the SEER rating system. Don’t be stuck with a system that drains your wallet from month to month. For quality AC installation in Jacksonville FL, schedule your next service appointment with us when you need to install an AC for your home. Give us a call today.