Are you looking for ways to cut your family’s energy costs and carbon footprint – without sacrificing the comfort of your everyday routine at home? If so, one of the best ways to do exactly that is to install a high-efficiency air conditioning unit as part of your HVAC system. Choosing one of these units can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s what you need to know to become a high-efficiency AC specialist – or at least a smart shopper!
Understanding the SEER Rating
If you’ve already started shopping for your new unit, you’re probably seeing a lot about the SEER rating of the models you’re considering. This rating – short for seasonal energy efficiency ratio – determines just how energy efficient your unit is over the course of an average year of use. It’s important in helping you determine how effective your potential model will be in meeting your energy-conservation goals – and keeping your bills low.
The various numbers on these models can be confusing. The industry standard minimum these days is around 13-14, but models go up to a rating of 25. The higher the rating, the more efficient your unit should be. But be aware – higher ratings do typically mean a bigger investment. Weigh your options with your budget to make the best choice for your family and home.
Getting Help with the Upgrade
Still don’t feel confident in your abilities to pick the right high-efficiency unit for your home? That’s okay! New technology can take time to acclimate to, but the upgrade is worth it for your home, your family, and your electric bills! Contact a Fair Oaks high-efficiency AC specialist for more information about how to outfit your home with one of these energy-saving units – and how to save money on both your investment and every bill after your AC installation!