When making the consideration to install a new air conditioner in your home, the question may have come to your mind whether to purchase a conventional unit or a high efficiency AC unit. While the words "high efficiency" may sound more expensive, there can be more benefits involved than what a homeowner may realize.
What does high efficiency mean?
Air conditioning units are measured by SEER (seasonal energy efficiency
ratio) and EER (energy efficiency ratio). The higher those numbers are,
the more efficient the unit. Currently, to receive an Energy Star rating
AC units must have a SEER rating of 14.5. The higher the SEER number,
the more efficient.
What are the benefits of a high-efficiency air conditioner?
Lower Utility Bills: Investing in a high-efficiency air conditioner for your home will have a positive impact on your monthly utility bill. Just how much depends on how big of a jump in the SEER from your old unit to the new one. For example, some older units can have a SEER of 8.0 or less.
Not only will a high-efficiency unit reduce your monthly bill, utility companies often offer rebates of several hundred dollars. In addition to that, there may also be federal tax credits awarded for your new investment. When taking this into consideration, these savings alone may pay back the homeowners initial investment.
Breathe Easier: Beyond the efficiency of a new AC unit, there can be other benefits most homeowners don't consider. That is, improving the indoor air quality of your home. Did you know that indoor air quality is almost always more unhealthy than the air quality outdoors? When considering air quality, we often think of things like the pollution outside and therefore never consider what we're breathing indoors.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. High-efficiency air conditioners can also include a wide range of accessories to improve our indoor air quality and improve our overall health
Looking to upgrade the AC unit in your Reading, PA home? Call The Plumbing Works at (610) 440-3555 and schedule a service call with one of our experts today!
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