If you’re considering installing a high-efficiency A/C, one question on your mind is efficiency. What is it? What’s the payback? And, Is it worth it? Keeping in mind that every home is different, here is a quick guide to help you decided if installing a high-efficiency A/C is worth the investment.
What is a High-Efficiency HVAC System?
The most common measurement of an air conditioning’s efficiency is SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The SEER rating is to an HVAC as MPG (miles per gallon) is to a car; the higher the number, the more efficient it is. SEER ratings range between 13 and 18. Overall, the more efficient central HVAC system will have a higher SEER rating.
Learn more about SEER and other ratings here.
What’s the Payback?
Crunching the numbers is the most accurate way to determine how much it will cost to run your A/C. However, if you need a quicker assessment, the less time-consuming method is to use an online utility calculator.
Overall, experts estimate that installing a standard-sized high-efficient 16 SEER A/C could save you about $115/year over the basic 13 SEER system. And, you should see a return on your investment in six years or less based on energy savings and rebates.
Is a High-Efficiency A/C Worth the Cost?
Every household is different. Determining if the investment is worth it depends on how you live. You must factor in things like: Do you run the heating and cooling system continuously, or more sparingly? How well is your home insulated?
If you plan to be in your home for more than five years, you’ll likely see a return on your investment in rebates and lower utility bills. Not to mention, you’ll be much more comfortable and breathe cleaner air.
Do you have questions about high-efficient A/C installation and pricing? Call our team of specialists at 479.361.8647 or visit Advantage Air & Service for current discounts.
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