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A Basic Guide to SEER Efficiency Ratings

10Jun

The concept of SEER efficiency ratings is key to understanding the kind of savings you can expect from your new air conditioner. All units manufactured today must have a minimum SEER rating of 13, but many new units have efficiency ratings as high as the mid-20s. Here’s a basic guide to SEER efficiency ratings.

What SEER stands for

The seasonal energy efficiency ratio is simply a measure of a system’s efficiency – the way the EPA sticker on a new car is a measure of the vehicle’s miles per gallon. If your present system is a SEER 6 or a SEER 10, you stand to gain significant savings by investing in a high-efficiency system with a SEER rating of 16 and above. Gulf Coast Air Systems can help you choose a system with a SEER rating that’s best for your home.

Does local climate matter?

Florida can get plenty hot, and because you give your air conditioner a good workout, a high SEER rating is more important for you than it might be for homeowners farther north who don’t rely on their systems as heavily. Running an air conditioner for a good part of the year can get expensive, and you want a system that will waste as little energy as possible.

Why go for that high-efficiency system now?
 
The 25C tax credit for high-efficiency A/Cs and heat pumps has been restored. Replace your air-conditioner with a qualified high-efficiency system this year (or 2012 qualifies, too), and you’ll stand to get a $300 tax credit. Combine the tax credit with the energy savings you’ll soon be realizing, and your payback will be quick.

Interested in learning more about SEER efficiency ratings and high-efficiency A/C systems? Please contact Gulf Coast Air Systems in the Tampa area. We can help you find the system that’s ideal for your home, and then we can help you keep it in top shape.

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