Are you looking for a new air conditioning system? Whether you need to make your home more energy-efficient or replace an old system that has finally given up, you will likely be presented with a number of options. So how do you choose?
One factor to consider with every new system is the SEER rating it has been assigned. SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio,” and is a metric which helps you to see how much energy an air conditioning unit uses. The federally-mandated minimum for a SEER rating is 13 or 14, but a system can go as high as 25 in terms of energy-efficiency.
Now the SEER rating is not the only thing you should consider when deciding on a system because the SEER rating may not reflect everything you need to know about an air conditioner. For example, you may be presented with an option that has an extremely high rating, but that may be because it cycles very little air through and may not be designed for the purpose you need it for. The size of the system you need should always be one of the forefront factors in your decision.
Likewise, a system with a lower SEER rating may be better equipped to handle multiple climate zones or control humidity, both of which can be important factors for those who need that level of control. If you are considering an air conditioner with a filtration or indoor air quality regulator, you also will likely see a lower SEER rating because the system needs more energy to fully function.
The energy-efficiency rating of your own home can also factor into your choice of a system. If you live in an older home with a lower SEER rating, you may wish to also get a lower SEER-rated system in order to be able to control the climate in your home. Energy Star has developed a handy energy savings calculator which can help you choose the best SEER rating for your unit.
When you are ready to replace your air conditioning system, seek advice and quality installation services from the Cleveland HVAC company that specializes in environmentally-friendly options. At Green Home Solutions, our technicians are all highly-trained in the latest technologies and installation techniques to help you save money and reduce your home’s carbon footprint.To schedule an estimate for your air conditioning system or an overall energy audit, call Green Home Solutions today at (216) 220-4527.