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:
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.
- Steven S.( Pepper Pike, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, September 2019 )
Barry has just left after giving us a walk through of our new systems which are vastly superior to what was replaced. Jake, Adam, Will, Barry and Brian were all skilled, diligent, professional and courteous in every aspect. Clearly, we chose wisely when we hired you.
- Matthew K.( Cleveland Heights, Air Conditioning Installation, September 2019 )
It was a pleasure working with everyone! Thanks.
- Margaret S.( University Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, September 2019 )
Thank you for the follow-up with hot water heater turn-on and excellent job on air conditioning grounding. The two men who did the electrical grounding work on the air conditioning were exceptional.
- Bruce A.( Painsville, Boiler Installation, September 2019 )
Enjoyed your crew and Bill Hann. They did a first class job! Thank you.
- Brian S.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installations, September 2019 )
Very knowledgeable. High quality work.