Can a Higher Air Conditioning SEER Rating Really Save You Money?

Posted by Tom Vatter

When you live with the high heat and humidity that we do in Florida on a daily basis for what seems like the majority of the year, then it’s only natural that you want to save as much money as you can on your energy costs. This may seem like a pipe dream with the amount of use our air conditioners get during the summer and beyond, but it is possible!

One thing you should know when you are purchasing a new air conditioner or considering having yours replaced is that efficiency really does matter. Modern AC systems are equipped with a number called the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). The higher the SEER is on your air conditioning system, then the more efficient the model is.

What SEER Will Save You the Most?

SEER is a measurement of the cooling power that your AC unit provides divided by the amount of electricity it uses over the course of a cooling season. The cooling output is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units) which differentiates the SEER from another important rating: the EER. The EER is the system’s overall efficiency rating and measures the ration over only a single test.

So how do you determine what SEER ratio is best for your and will save you the most money? In order for your AC system to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label of efficiency, it must have a SEER of a minimum of 14. High-efficiency AC systems can score about 21-22 SEER, but that doesn’t mean that the highest SEER ratio is the best for your situation.

Our HVAC professionals will help discern what AC system is right for your home by balancing the SEER ratio with a number of other factors. Efficiency does not necessarily mean that your AC will provide you with sufficient cooling for your specific living space; it just means that it works with less energy waste. Our professionals can help you understand this better and select a system that is just right for your home—one that will save you a considerable amount of money month-to-month.

For quality air conditioner installation in your Ft. Walton Beach, FL home, contact Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. today! 

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