Should I Get A High Efficiency Air Conditioning System

Should I Get A High Efficiency Air Conditioning System

Homeowners and business owners in Florida will ask themselves, “Should I get a high efficiency air conditioning system?” when they are shopping for a new build or a replacement unit for their home or business. At Symbiont Service Corp, we urge our customers to “take a long-term approach” when making a decision.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1.  An air conditioner may cost less to install, but it doesn’t mean you’ll save money in the long run, in fact, the opposite is quite often true.
  2. The air conditioner chosen impacts electric bills for decades.
  3. Check the energy efficiency of various models as they are not all created equally.

Most high high efficiency air conditioning systems have a higher price point but the return on your investment in the long run of operating the unit during a sultry Florida summer needs to be considered. Ask the retailer for a breakdown and comparison on the initial cost of the unit versus the overall long-term use operating costs.

air conditioning system Should I get a high efficiency air conditioning system

When comparing air conditioners for a Florida home, make note of the SEER rating of each unit. SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is a scale that determines how energy efficient the unit will be throughout the course of an entire year of operation.  An air conditioning system with a high SEER rating indicates the air conditioner requires less electricity to provide the same cooling output. Be aware that all air conditioning unit are required to have a SEER of at least 13. You will find SEER ratings of up to 20 on some of the higher end, higher efficiency air conditioning system.

The difference between a unit rated at 13 and one rated at 20 could have a large impact on your utility bills. The savings are also amplified for those who live on Florida’s west coast. If you’re wondering how a SEER rating equates into dollars and cents on your utility bills, you can You can get some idea of how SEER translates into dollars and cents by utilizing Energy Star’s free cost calculator. Download the worksheet here). Enter your specific details and location along with the SEER rated air conditioning unit you are considering and the form will calculate an estimate of your potential energy savings annually, and over the lifetime of the air conditioning system.

Homeowners in the cooler parts of the country may find it difficult to justify paying a higher initial cost for a high efficiency air conditioning system, but those who live in the southern states may find the unit will pay for itself in a short period of operating it.

If you have any questions about high efficiency air conditioning, or would like a professional estimate of what such a system could save you in the long run, contact Englewood’s air conditioning experts at Symbiont Service Corp. We would be happy to help.

Educating our customers on energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems and SEER ratings) is part of the service we provide.  For information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas.

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