Energy Efficiency Ratings: Does Your Current System Cut the Cake?

Understanding the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER is important whether you are searching for a new unit or wanting to know the competence of your current system. These measurements are used to determine the amount of cool air supplied by a particular amount of utilized energy. Efficiency numbers may be found by dividing the output by the power wattage used in the same period of time. Output is measured in British thermal units or BTU’s. Higher ratings provide increased comfort while consuming less power. Energy efficiency ratings have become the easiest way for consumers to select a reliable model for their home or business.

Newer efficiency standards have caused drastic decreases in power consumption. United States laws as well as the Department of Energy regulate the current rating standards. This number is displayed on the unit label for you to see when comparing systems. Government regulations have set the standard to a SEER rating of thirteen. Anything below this number is considered to be highly inefficient and does not meet the necessary requirements. As this number rises, so does the efficiency of the unit. You can utilize these ratings when purchasing a new cooling system to ensure the desired energy consumption is acquired.

When to Consider an HVAC Replacement

An evaluation of your current system will help in deciding if HVAC replacement is needed. What is the rating on your older unit? How long has the air conditioner been in place? Are your energy bills increasing every summer or throughout the year? These are all very important questions which should be answered before making a decision. If the unit has a rating of less than thirteen, you will save an extensive amount of money by installing a new system. After eight years, it becomes less feasible to continue repairing a unit. Replacement will provide more productive cooling and air flow. Monthly bill increases are a sure sign of an inappropriately functioning system. You may only need basic maintenance performed or could also be losing efficiency due to length of use.

HVAC replacement is a good option for a system which has been in place for many years. The cost of having a new unit installed is gained back in reduced energy expenses. You can be reimbursed for the investment in as little as three years due to the increased monthly cost savings. Average price ranges from two thousand to five thousand dollars. This can be very discouraging compared to repairs which total under a grand. However, four or more repairs in this price range over a period of two years would pay for a new system. Higher efficiency numbers provide savings, air quality, and comfort benefits you may not be receiving from your currently installed air conditioner. As a service oriented provider, Bardi technicians are trained to provide the best choices for system repair and replacement. We will only recommend replacement if it is the most beneficial option. Our detailed inspection process can help in determining if a repair is worthwhile or a more efficient unit is needed.


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