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High Efficiency AC Should Be A Consideration

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Fri, Apr 08, 2011 @ 12:09 PM

Homeowners in the market for a new air conditioner should consider the benefits of high-efficiency air conditioning systems.

High efficiency air conditioning systems out perform standard systems in many ways. They achieve dramatic energy savings because they are able to produce more cool air per energy unit during operation. The environmental impact of high-efficiency air conditioning systems is much lower, as they use fewer fossil fuels and produce less pollution.

As energy prices continue to rise and our environment continues to suffer, high-efficiency air conditioning systems are one more way Greater Cleveland homeowners can lower the impact on their wallets and the planet.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is a measurement that rates the efficiency levels of air conditioners. High- efficiency air conditioning systems have SEER ratings ranging from 16 to 23, and some can be even higher. This means they achieve more “miles per gallon” than older systems. Some older and standard A/C units have SEER ratings as low as 8 and in some cases lower for really old systems. Systems installed prior to 1992 are usually rated 10 or lower. This rating can drop if the equipment hasn’t been regularly serviced or is out of date.

The higher the SEER, the more money you save over time. Especially if your system is ten years or older, you may be able to save from 20 percent to 40 percent with a more efficient system.

Homeowners who have purchased high-efficiency air conditioning systems are also eligible for federal tax credits and rebates that make the savings even greater. High-efficiency air conditioners can receive up to $300 in federal credits, if they qualify, and that estimate doesn’t even include possible rebates from the utility company or other sources.

Don’t let the initial installation cost of high efficiency air conditioning systems scare you. High efficiency air conditioning systems can usually pay for difference in cost from a less expensive, lower efficiency unit several times over their life span.

If you have questions,or are considering installing a high efficiency air conditioner, call P.K. Wadsworth. We’re happy to help Greater Cleveland homeowners stay comfortable and save money.

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  To get started, check out our website.

Topics: dramatic energy savings, high efficiency air conditioning, high efficiency air conditioners, air conditioner, federal tax credits, energy efficiency ratio, seasonal energy efficiency ratio, seer ratings

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