Air conditioning replacement in Brandon offers you the opportunity to install an AC system that may fit your needs better, including achieving better energy efficiency. There are a number of choices available to homeowners when it comes to installing a new air conditioner, and knowing what your choices are, and how energy efficient they can be, are important factors that go into choosing a system for your home.
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating, and this number tells you how energy efficient a specific air conditioner will operate. The numbers are on a scale, starting with 1 and going as high as 26 (although there is no official threshold). The lower a SEER number, the lower the energy efficiency. According to current federal laws, the minimum SEER an air conditioner must be is 13. So what does it mean if an air conditioner has a SEER number higher than 13? It means the air conditioner with the higher SEER rating won’t cool your home better, but it will cool it using less energy. It is estimated that each SEER point can equal up to a 10% savings in annual energy costs, so reviewing different SEER rating for your new system is important.
Most people are familiar with the Energy Star sticker. What the Energy Star sticker denotes is that a particular product is at least 15% more energy efficient than the required minimum. Energy Star products are tested by third parties in EPA-recognized laboratories to ensure that products are truly meeting Energy Star standards.
Choosing an Energy Efficient System
When it comes to choosing an energy efficient system, working with a professional can help a great deal. As mentioned above, all air conditioning units have a minimum energy efficiency level to meet, but there are certain types of air conditioners that are known for being especially energy efficient:
- Geothermal systems – these systems use the natural, steady temperature of the Earth to heat and cool your home. With the help of a heat pump, these systems use very little electricity and no fossil fuels.
- Heat pumps – heat pumps use approximately 25% of the electricity of a traditional split-system AC, and they bring the added benefits of offering both heating and cooling.
- Solar – solar panels are used to create the electricity for your air conditioner, which can greatly reduce the amount of electricity you use to cool your home.
Energy efficiency in any home cooling system is important, and one of the best ways to ensure that your air conditioning replacement in Brandon meets your efficiency needs is to work with a trained professional. Call Air Conditioning Experts today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.
For almost 20 years, Air Conditioning Experts has helped customers choose and install air conditioning systems, and we can help you, too.