This summer, Northeast Ohio hasn’t had to endure 100 degree temperatures that have descended on other parts of the country. But the dog days of August will quickly reveal whether your central air unit needs an upgrade or an update.
When you’re buying a new unit, though, don’t just concentrate on short-term costs. Think about long-term savings of money and energy. You’ll have both if you understand the unit’s SEER and Energy Star ratings.
SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.” It’s a figure that tells how well the unit cools a given space, and how much energy it uses. All units built afterNovember 2006 must have a minimum SEER rating of 13. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient and thrifty the unit.
The Energy Star label , on the other hand, means the unit meets strict guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In order to qualify for Energy Star, a central air unit must have a minimum SEER rating of 14.
The numbers are more than figures. Energy Star units are 14 percent more efficient than standard units, according the federal government. If your central air is more than 12 years old, an Energy Star replacement could cut annual heating and cooling costs by as much as 30 percent.
If you’re in the market for a new central air unit, you’ll save money and energy if you:
- Consider the SEER rating. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient and thrifty the unit.
- Shop for appliances with the Energy Star label. The Energy Star qualification means the unit has met strict guidelines set by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
- Update the furnace, if it’s more than 15 years old. The central air uses the furnace blower to send cool air through the house. Energy efficiency is lost if the central air is connected to an older furnace.
Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbingis ready to answer any questions you have about heating or cooling. Contact us to schedule a service call for your heating, air conditioning or plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about buying a new cooling system and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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