If you are in the market to upgrade your home’s heating and cooling system, you may be looking for a new model that is more energy efficient than current or prior model. Fortunately, there is good news when it comes to HVAC energy efficiency! There are numerous models available that comply with established industry guidelines, as well as additional options that exceed energy efficiency minimum requirements. With a closer inspection of the different options available, you will be able to make an informed decision about which system is the perfect fit for your family’s unique needs.
Understanding SEER Ratings
The SEER rating, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is one of the easiest ways for you to determine the efficiency of a particular unit. At one time, the minimum requirement in the U.S. was 8 SEER, but this has recently been raised to 13 SEER. SEER ratings range from 13 to 21. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system is.
Let’s compare the operation costs between different SEER ratings. A model with a SEER rating of six will cost your $1,000 in annual operation expenses. A Carrier System with an 18 SEER rating, on the other hand, will amount to only $333 in annual operating costs. This particular upgrade to a more efficient system adds up to 67 percent in savings for annual energy expenses.
Finding the Right SEER Rating
You will find many units with a SEER rating between 13 and 16, and there are some units that have a SEER rating of 21. The higher the SEER rating, the higher the upfront cost of the unit in most cases. However, your investment will quickly pay for itself in lower energy costs throughout the year. Generally, you will need to decide what your initial budget is for purchasing the unit, and you will need to decide if you prefer to save money now on a less efficient system or save in the long run through lower energy costs.
Keep in mind that there are other factors that will affect a system’s energy efficiency as well. For example, you will notice that each unit has a BTU rating. This relates to how powerful the unit is, which tells you how large or small of a space it was designed to heat or cool. When you purchase a unit, use a BTU chart to ensure that you are purchasing a unit that has suitable power capabilities for your specific space to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
Call Freezing Mechanical to Improve Your Energy Efficiency
At Freezing Mechanical, we are experts when it comes to energy efficiency. If you are on the market for a new HVAC system, or simply want to learn more about energy efficiency ratings, contact us today. Our team of technicians and professionals is always ready to answer any heating, cooling or refrigeration questions you may have. Call us at
(305) 363-7021, or schedule service online to get started today.