How Do I Choose the Right SEER Air Conditioner for My Home?

If you are considering a HVAC replacement for your home and confused about SEER options, you are not alone! Family Air offers professional HVAC installation and can help you make sense of it all so you can make the right decision.
Types of SEER Ratings
The federal minimum is a 14 SEER with the highest being 25.  The prices escalate based on the higher SEER ratings.
What does a SEER Rating Mean?
SEER Rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is an efficiency rating taken into account the typical cooling output divided by the total electric energy input. The higher an air conditioner unit’s SEER rating, the more efficient it is.
However, there a few factors you need to consider when determining whether to replace your current air conditioner with a higher SEER rated unit.
What SEER rating is right for my home?
There are a lot of determining factors to consider when making this decision. Typically, a 14 SEER can be used to replace your 8 to 10 SEER air conditioner. Keep in mind larger is not always better. Purchasing a higher SEER AC unit will cost 50% more and will not always deliver the energy savings to make it cost effective.
A 14SEER AC unit will keep your home at the same temperature as a higher rated unit, such as a 16 SEER AC unit. It is the thermal rating on you home that can play a much bigger part in lowering utility consumption.
While a higher SEER AC Unit will save you money over years, doing the math is often the best way to determine which is best for your situation.
How long do you plan on living in your current home?
If it is less than 5 years, getting a return on your investment in a higher SEER air conditioner may not likely.
Do the math. Take the BTUs divided by the SEER and then divide that by 1000 to see how many Kwh consumed each hour. Then multiply that by hours of operation annually and finally by cost of Kwh for that unit.
Therefore, while the higher SEER units are more efficient and deliver energy savings, determine the right SEER AC unit for your situation simply comes down to determining how long before you see the savings versus the initial cost.
If you need help determining which SEER air conditioner replacement is right for your home, call Family Air.  We offer full-service installation and replacement to keep you comfortable!

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