How To Ensure Your Atlanta Air Conditioning System Saves You Money
How can you save money on your utility bills this summer? Few would tell you to spend money in order to achieve your goals, but in the case of your air conditioning system, it’s true.
A high efficiency air conditioning unit may cost you more upfront, but it will save on your monthly utility bills every month for years to come. That means you’ll quickly make up this difference in the amount you spend each month.
Before you know how much that savings can be, it’s essential that you understand how this efficiency is determined. Modern air conditioners use a ratio called a SEER rating to help you understand it’s value. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating; the higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the model.
SEER measures the amount of cooling power your unit provides, divided by the amount of electricity it uses over the course of the cooling season. SEER ratings of 14 or more are granted the US Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label. You’ll find the highest efficiency air conditioning systems rate out at around 21 or 22.
In general, the higher the rating, the more efficient the system. It also equates to the more expensive it may be upfront. Yet you should also factor in what the savings will be in the long run, and how long it will take to recoup the cost.
However, keep in mind that it’s not about SEER rating alone. You shouldn’t choose a system with the highest rating if it’s not sufficiently sized to cool your living space. A too small unit will not allow your system to cool down your home properly, while a unit that is too large will go through a process of short cycling, which will wear down your equipment too quickly.
This is where a professional HVAC technician can help. They can help you select the right sized unit with the highest SEER rating possible to meet your family’s needs. And your budget.
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Is your home operating as efficiently as possible this summer? If not, call the experts at R.S. Andrews for help!