If you live in Florida, your home’s air conditioner unit should be as efficient as possible to keep your energy bills at a reasonable level. But do you know what to look for when seeking a new air conditioner unit? If you want to limit how much energy your AC uses, you need to look for a unit that has a high SEER rating.
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What is a SEER Rating?
SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio, is a measurement of air conditioner efficiency. It allows consumers to compare operating costs of different AC units. Units with higher SEER ratings are more efficient.
A SEER rating is calculated by dividing the cooling output of the unit (in British thermal units) by the total energy input (in watt-hours). It is usually measured with the assumption of an air temperature of 80 degrees inside the home. An air conditioner unit using 15 BTU/(W*h) is said to be a 15 SEER unit.
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The federal government mandates that all air conditioning units have a SEER Rating of at least 13. SEER ratings on new units range from 13 to 21, it is rare to see a unit that is rated below 10 SEER nowadays because they are older, not as efficient, and have likely been replaced with a newer unit.
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Why You Should Consider an AC Unit with a High SEER Rating
As previously mentioned, a higher SEER rating indicates a more efficient unit which in turn results in lower energy bills. This is especially the case in Florida as it is warmer and more humid than most other states. For instance, a unit with a SEER rating of 6 would be around $1,000 in operation expenses, whereas a Carrier® system with a SEER rating of 18 would be around $333 in annual operating costs. As of January 1, 2015, central air conditioning system installed in Florida must be able to achieve at least a 14 SEER. The national requirement is 13 SEER.
Typically, the higher the SEER rating, the more upfront costs you’ll encounter. However, keep in mind that you’ll save money on energy costs throughout the year. If the unit is at least 10 years old, or if the unit is inefficient (i.e., not cooling the home properly, high energy bills even if you are not running the AC often), then the AC unit should be replaced, or at the very least serviced.
Environmental Benefits of Air Conditioners With High SEER Ratings
Having an energy efficient AC unit can reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint by lowering greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Most newer units do not use Freon anymore. Freon used to be the go-to refrigerant for AC units. It is a slightly toxic gas that can be harmful to the environment. Newer units use a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant.
Energy-efficient units also minimize their cycling times, which reduces wear and tear on the fans, motor, and other electrical parts in the unit. When looking for a new central AC unit, look for one with an ENERGY STAR label. These will be the best at keeping your energy costs low, especially here in Florida.
Contact Colman Heating & Air for a New Energy Efficient AC Unit
Is your air conditioner more than 10 years old and doesn’t run as well as it used to? Or you are tired of making service calls on that old AC unit? Contact Colman Heating & Air today for a free estimate on installing a new air conditioner unit!