At Collins Comfort Masters, clients often ask us what they should be looking for in a new air conditioning installation. One key feature everyone should look for is an outstanding performance. Efficiency is the main component of a well-performing air conditioner, but how can you measure it?
An air conditioner’s efficiency is rated by its SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and the score is the ratio of the amount of cooling produced divided by the amount of electricity used to cool your home. Higher numbers mean that the air conditioner is more efficient, or it uses less energy to produce the same results compared to less-efficient models.
When it comes to SEER scores, you want to invest in the right level of efficiency for your budget. To give you some perspective, here are some typical scores you’ll find in air conditioners.
10 and Under: Older models typically have these scores. They aren’t very efficient and result in higher energy bills compared to modern units. However, you can probably find a used unit at a great price.
13-14 SEER: This is a solid score that many homeowners choose and is known to be the “standard efficiency” level. The price of the unit will be lower compared to higher SEER units but you’re still getting some good savings in energy costs compared to older models.
16-17 SEER: These are about 19% more energy efficient than a 13-14 SEER unit of the same size. The cost to install this kind of AC is around 25% more than a 13-14 SEER unit.
21 SEER: These are more energy-efficient than 16-17 SEER units, but come at a higher price tag. If you’re looking at the long game and want an AC that’s going to be extremely efficient for years to come, this is a good investment. The cost to install this one is double the labor and installation of a 13-14 SEER unit.
You can find out which type of AC is right for your home by striking a conversation with us. Typically, when you consider the costs of the higher SEER unit, you need to make sure the initial investment compared to future energy savings makes sense for your budget. To get a free consultation, contact us at Collins Comfort Masters today and speak with one of our experienced contractors.