Many Evansville residents are looking to upgrade their older HVAC model to a newer, more energy efficient system. The experienced professionals at Baylor Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. want you to know that you’ll be saving money by knowing HVAC efficiency.
Why Energy Efficiency Is Important
Studies have shown that as much as half of the energy used in your Evansville home goes to heating and cooling. Therefore, making informed decisions about your home’s HVAC system can have a big impact on your utility bills and the comfort of you and your family.
How Energy Efficient Is My HVAC?
The efficiency at which air conditioners produce cooling is referred to as its SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER, the greater the air conditioner’s efficiency at cooling your Evansville home.
Older air conditioning systems have a SEER rating of 10 or under. Today’s more efficient air conditioning systems have SEER ratings as high as 23. The United States now requires that residential air conditioning systems manufactured after 2005 have a minimum SEER rating of 13 (window units are exempt from this law, so their SEERs are still around 10). The SEER rating is usually shown on a yellow and black EnergyGuide sticker attached to the outside unit of the air conditioner.
How Can Upgrading Save Me Money?
How much energy and money can your family save by upgrading from your HVAC unit to a modern, more efficient option? Let’s suppose your older air conditioning system had a SEER rating of 9. If you chose to upgrade to a SEER 13 air conditioner (the lowest efficiency available), you would potentially reduce your power consumption by about 28%. That can translate to energy savings up to $300 per year, depending on your usage rate and the cost of electricity.