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May 2, 2016
Efficiency Matters with Your AC Replacement
When you decide that it’s time for a new AC system, you might dread the final cost of the job. Many homeowners, seeking out the best price for their new AC installations, end up calling around from company to company in an attempt to find the best price out there. But if you’re only looking at the cost of installation and ignoring efficiency ratings, you’re missing out on the chance to save big.
The efficiency of your air conditioning and heating system makes an impact on how much you end up spending overall for your home comfort. Here’s what you should know!
Pay Attention to the SEER
The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is something you can use to figure out how efficient your air conditioner is compared to other AC systems of its size. There is a minimum rating for new air conditioners installed in our area: 14. While any new air conditioner is going to operate more efficiently than a system that is a decade or two old, a system with a SEER greater than 4—say, 16 or higher—is going to operate very efficiently.
Saving money over time means spending less money overall. The cost of installing a system with a high SEER may be higher, but you could potentially save hundreds more over the life of the system (with proper maintenance).
A Quality Installation Should Last You
Looking for a low-cost installation could harm you, as the same people willing to charge very little for labor are the ones who may choose an undersized system or perform a shoddy installation. When you work with skilled contractors, you’ll find people who want to make sure your system is efficient and your bills are low. Often, companies offer you the chance to get financed as well. The low monthly payments combined with the lower bills is often the most reasonable option.