Central Air Conditioning and Heating Systems – Understanding The SEERS Efficiency extent
You have probably noticed a emotional push towards energy-efficient appliances in the last two decades. Our federal government offers tax incentives to homeowners who buy energy-efficient appliances in an attempt to reduce energy demands and carbon emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels.
Air conditioning unit efficiency is regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and given a rating known as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER. Understanding the SEER efficiency extent will help you make the best central air conditioning unit and heating systems buy decision, and help reduce your long-term energy costs.
Essentially a SEER 13 rating is ten percent more efficient than a SEER 12 rating. According to the DOE, adopting a SEER 13 standard will help save one billion dollars across U.S. households by 2020. Currently there is a argue on the senate floor about whether the energy savings from a SEER 13 standard is worth the additional burden to manufacturers of producing these highly efficient machines. Here are a few things to consider before purchasing your next air conditioning unit.
1. The marginal cost of SEER 13 pays for itself in energy savings
Central A/C units have an average lifespan of about 18 years. While SEER 13 rated equipment is more expensive than a SEER 12 rated machine, the improved efficiency will consequence in utilities savings that will conquer the additional cost in less than four years. After that initial four-year period, families can enjoy a meaningful cost savings for the remaining fourteen-plus years of the equipment’s life.
2. The price of strength fluctuates throughout the day and seasonally
During the peak need hours of the day prices for electrical strength spike dramatically. From about 2pm – 6pm more families use more strength to cool their homes, run appliances, and otherwise consume electric strength. Naturally need goes up in the summer for the same reason. Utilities set their price per watt based on the total need placed on the grid. With a highly efficient HVAC system, you may see meaningful marginal savings that will pay off your investment much faster.
3. The marginal cost of a SEER 13 is fairly low.
A new HVAC system can run as low as $2,000 and as high as $5,000. For every increase in SEER ratings, consumers can expect a 2 to 3 percent increase in equipment costs. For such a large buy, this cost increase is comparatively low so it behooves must consumers to spring for a more efficient unit, especially if they plan on owning their home for more than three years.
By shifting from a SEER 13 rated equipment to SEER 12 U.S. households will sacrifice a third of possible energy savings. in spite of of the legislators’ decision, it makes sense for households to buy the most efficient system they can provide. The decline in energy consumption and drastically lower utility bills reduces pollution, improves environmental health, and covers the cost of the investment in just 3.5 years. Make the smart choice, by a SEER 13 rated air conditioning and heating system.