Picking out a new central air conditioning system in Miami can be pretty complicated; there is a lot to take into account. You not only want an air conditioner that has the capacity to cool your home, but you also want a model that is energy efficient.
The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) that each central air conditioner has is a very important aspect to consider. SEER is a measure of the unit’s energy efficiency, which has a direct impact on how much you pay on your energy bills each month. The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient an air conditioner is.
However, very efficient air conditioners also tend be more expensive, so it’s important to weigh the energy savings compared to the initial cost. In order to figure out the difference in savings between air conditioners with different SEER ratings, you need to do a few calculations. An air conditioner with a SEER rating of 11 is approximately 7 percent more efficient than one with a SEER rating of 10. If you are spending $100 on your energy bill, upgrading to a SEER 11 air conditioner will save you $7. If your energy bills are higher (which they very probably are), that 7 percent will save you a lot more.
However, you probably won’t be upgrading from a SEER 10 to a SEER 11. Central air conditioners need to have an SEER of at least 14.5 to be ENERGY STAR qualified, and there are units with nearly twice that SEER rating! Those units can make a huge difference in your home’s energy use. Any new air conditioner you buy is probably going to be more energy efficient than your current unit, you just need to choose which model meets your homes needs and budget.