Getting the right HVAC products for your home requires some research before you make your purchase. That way you’ll know you have the right product for your needs. Here’s some information that will make your research a little bit easier.
When you start looking into HVAC products, you’ll see different types of ratings that you might not have ever seen before. The most important one is known as SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating measures the efficiency of the different air conditioners you are considering. In a nutshell, the higher the number, the less energy the system uses. Just like efficiency of a car is measured by the number of miles it travels per gallon of gas, air conditioners are measured by SEER. If a system has a SEER rating of 16 or higher, that is usually considered to be highly energy efficient.
This is not only important from an energy efficiency standpoint, but a cost standpoint as well. For example, a unit with a SEER rating of 15 will use more energy than one with a rating of 18. This, of course, will mean your electricity bill will be higher each month.
The SEER rating will have a lot to do with how much you’ll pay for your unit. A unit with a lower SEER rating will probably cost less up front, but you need to take into consideration long-term energy costs. Also, a lower-priced unit may be more prone to breakdowns than a more expensive unit. As a result, you might be better off in the long run purchasing a unit with a higher SEER number.
There are a lot of other factors you’ll need to take into account when purchasing HVAC products, such as the cost of installation, how to properly size the unit, and many others. A professional with Burnside Air Conditioning, Heating and Indoor Air Quality can help. Call 214-544-6161 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.