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The SEER In Your Wallet

 

The SEER In Your Wallet

     When someone says the word “SEER” the first thing that comes to mind is probably a Seer of the future – a fortune teller with implied mystical powers that can divine what lies ahead in your life, what are the best choices and what obstacles may be put down in your path. A cynical person may observe that a Seer sees directly into your pocket and the only motive is to tell you exactly what you want to hear in order to be financially compensated.

     But there’s a different type of SEER that can impact your wallet in a positive way. That’s the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio that rates your air conditioning unit. A higher SEER rating translates into higher efficiency, which in turn allows you to run your system at a savings. They are also quieter running units.

     Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970’s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

     The “lifespan” of a central air conditioner is typically 14-17 years. Manufacturers typically continue to support existing equipment by making replacement parts available through the manufacturing run and honoring a warranty. Generally, however, the older the unit, the more expensive the replacement parts due to availability. Eventually, replacement parts become unobtainable and investing in the repair does is not the best value.

     Key factors to keep in mind:

  • The performance of your heating and cooling system is determined in a large part by your HVAC equipment’s operating efficiency.
  • Each “matched system” – an outdoor compressor bearing unit that matches with an indoor unit – is tested an awarded an Energy Efficiency Rating, sort of like a miles per gallon (MPG) rating for your car.
  • The more a heating/cooling system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the higher the rating it will receive. The higher the efficiency rating of your system, the less energy it will consume. . . that means lower utility bills and less of an impact on the environment.
  • Often, utility companies will have rebate programs in place for people who select equipment with qualifying SEER ratings. Also worth checking into are any tax credits the Federal government is offering.

     While purchasing an air conditioning system with a high SEER rating is a greater upfront investment, the operating costs will be significantly lower. People who choose to spend dollars towards a greener and healthier environment should also consider an average air-conditioned home consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, causing power plants to emit about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

     To see if a SEER with a high rating is in your future, contact Verne & Ellsworth Hann at 216-932-9755 to schedule a consultation. We may not be able to see into the future, but we can try to put future dollars back into your pocket.

 

What People Are Saying

  • Excellent and prompt service.  The workmen were professional and helpful in their explanation of care and service of the equipment.

    - Charles S.( Cleveland Heights, AC Installation July 2017 )
  • I want you to know how pleased I was with the entire experience.  From the initial meeting with Chris through the installation of my new A/C unit.

    - Sondra S.( Shaker Heights, Air Conditioning Installation July 2017 )
  • Installers were spot on time at 8 am, took care not to track dirt into house, and were both courteous and friendly.  Excellent quality work to boot!

    - John S.( Cleveland, Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )
  • I have had several projects from Verne & Ellsworth, across boiler replacements, heating system installation, and air conditioning system set up and install.  Each of these times, Bill Hann takes a ton of his time to talk to my wife and I to learn about the issues we’re having, explain the root causes of those issues, and suggest fixes that we know will prevent the issues from coming back – not just paper over the issue temporarily.  Lastly, he always delivers on time – onsite when he says he will be, fishing when he says he will – and always makes sure every aspect of the job is completed, from material removal and set up, to equipment install, to clean up after the project.  A++ and highly recommended!

    - Mike C.( Shaker Heights, Heating and Cooling, June 2017 )
  • The unit is working very well.  The installers were very professional, showed me how everything worked, and cleaned the basement beautifully.  I would never have even known they were there.  Thank you again.

    - Michelle T.( Wickliffe, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )