Interstate Air Conditioning & Heating is always looking for ways to help you save on your energy bill. Once you cut back on things like leaving lights, televisions, and air conditioning on when you’re not using them, you can take it a step further and save 61% on your annual energy bill by looking at the SEER rating of your air conditioning unit!
What’s a SEER rating? SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is the measure of efficiency by which the cooling process of air conditioners is rated. Every air conditioning unit has a SEER rating between 8 and 21. If you buy a unit with the highest SEER rating, you’ll get the most efficient unit – which saves you the most money. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.
Is it worth replacing a functional unit? Some wonder if they should scrap their current unit, even if it’s working alright. There’s no right or wrong answer to this question. It really just depends on the state the unit is in. Just because a unit appears to be working, doesn’t mean it’s running at peak efficiency. That means you’re spending more money than you should on wasted energy.
Should you spend more on a unit with a higher SEER rating? We recommend spending the extra money on a more efficient unit. A unit with a higher SEER rating saves you hundreds of money each year, paying for itself and then some.
As the pie charts show, operating an air conditioner with a SEER rating of 8 (inefficient) will cost $100 a month. Operating a unit with a SEER rating of 15 will decrease your energy bill by 46%, costing $54. Finally, if you spring for a SEER rating of 21, you’ll lessen the cost by 61%, costing you $39 a month! That’s an annual energy bill of $468 instead of $1200! I don’t know about you, but we love saving over $700 a year!
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