When it comes to summers in Jacksonville, Florida, the efficiency and proper function of your air conditioner are vital to cool and dehumidify your home. If your HVAC unit has begun to show its age, it’s worth replacing it. Here’s what you need to know about SEER ratings.
What’s a SEER Rating?
SEER is an acronym that stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rate. It has been the accepted standard for calculating efficiency since the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) defined it in 2008. It measures the cooling capacity per unit of electricity that’s used and expressed as a number such as 14.5, which is the minimum in order to receive the government’s Energy Star label. That designation means the appliance meets standards of efficiency, cost savings and protection for the planet. The higher the number, the more efficient the system.
What SEER Rating Should I Look For?
Since 2017, the state of Florida has required new HVAC units to have a SEER rating of 14 or more. If you have a unit that’s 15 years old, it’s likely that your SEER is somewhere around 9. Although it’s grandfathered in by the law, you’re not meeting the minimum efficiency requirement. SEER ratings go all the way up to 23, and a professional installer can help you determine which is right for your home.
Decide What to Buy
It may feel like a big investment. But for most homeowners looking to balance initial cost with energy savings over time, a SEER rating of between 15 and 18 is a good choice. You’ll notice a smaller power bill right away if you’re replacing an old unit.
We’re here to offer our advice and expertise. Let the professionals at Cool Connections, Inc. help you determine if replacing your HVAC unit is the smart choice for your energy use. Call us today at 904-685-1582.
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