If you are considering retiring your current air conditioning system and installing a new one for the summer heat, then the AC you now have is probably over 10 years old. (If you’ve taken care to provide it with annual professional maintenance, it might even be more than 15 years old. This is yet one more reason to schedule regular preventive maintenance.) During those years, advances in HVAC technology has created air conditioners with efficiency higher than your current system. When you switch over to a new AC, you’ll do better than return to the efficiency level of a new air conditioner… you’ll have better efficiency than you’ve ever had before!
Efficiency isn’t everything when it comes to air conditioning replacement in Atlanta, GA. You have to make sure that you have the ideal new system for your home that will save you money and keep you effectively cooled.
The best way to find the right air conditioner is with the assistance of professionals in HVAC technology like those at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Call for a free estimate.
How efficiency works with a new air conditioning system
There is a basic measure of efficiency that you can use to quickly ascertain the level of savings you may receive from a new system: SEER, which stands for “seasonal energy efficiency rating.” SEER won’t tell you if an AC will keep you sufficiently cool, but it will tell you how well it converts electrical power into cooling power. SEER is a ratio of the amount of cooling produced in BTUs to the amount of energy consumed in watt-hours. The higher the SEER, the less energy a unit needs to run.
So what is a good SEER number to look for? We can go to the U.S. government for that information. In order for an air conditioner to qualify for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label for efficient and environmentally-friendly performance, it must have a minimum SEER of 14.5. If you’re interested in a particularly efficient system (which will cost more), then there are special ACs with SEER of 18 or higher.
Make sure that whatever system you decide to install that it has SEER at least the same as your last one—although we recommend you look for one that’s higher while also in your budget range. Work with your installer on this, since efficiency is only part of the equation of figuring out what air conditioning system will deliver the best results.
Premier Indoor Comfort Systems specializes in air conditioning replacement in Atlanta, GA that matches homes with their ideal new AC. We’ll see that you have improves efficiency and overall superior performance from the air conditioning that we install for you.