When you learn that your older air conditioning system needs to be replaced, it can come as a big surprise. You may not have budgeted for this expense, but we still recommend that you think carefully about the system you choose. Choosing a system with a low price may seem ideal at first, but the monthly cost of upkeep can really weigh you down. We strongly recommend installing a high-efficiency system for the benefits of both your wallet and the environment.
Initial Price vs. Long-Term Costs
Yes, the initial price of a high-efficiency system will be higher. But a system that does not have a high-efficiency rating will cost more to operate—potentially enough that it will surpass the price and cost of operation of a system of the same size with a lower efficiency rating. Remember that you may be able to finance your new AC system so the cost of installation won’t be as much of a burden as you’d expect.
Look at the SEER
The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is a measure of an air conditioner’s efficiency—how much energy it uses to cool a given space in a typical cooling season. The minimum SEER for air conditioners installed in our service area is 14 (though 13 is the minimum in some cooler climates). You should look for a SEER of about 16 or higher if you want to save a significant amount of money on monthly cooling costs.
Installation Is Just the First Step
Remember that it’s just as important to keep your air conditioning system maintained as it is to choose a high-efficiency air conditioner in the first place. Change your air filter regularly and keep the area around the condenser unit free of debris. Additionally, schedule maintenance once a year with an experienced HVAC professional.
AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. installs and services high-efficiency air conditioning systems in the Savannah, GA area. Call us today for quality service at a fair price.