For many people, buying a new air conditioning system can be very confusing. You can feel overwhelmed by the choices, prices, SEER ratings, and unfamiliar terminology. Whether your biggest concern is energy efficiency, reliability, humidity control, or all of the above, Air Treatment Inc. of Greensboro, NC, has the answers and experience you need without any high-pressure sales tactics.
What Is SEER?
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, which is a standardized way for manufacturers to show how much energy a cooling system uses. The higher the number, the more efficient the air conditioning system is. Energy Department regulations now require a minimum ratio of 14 for new air conditioner installations in North Carolina and across the South.
Homeowners who are upgrading from an older system with an eight to 10 SEER should notice a marked difference in energy usage. That higher efficiency ratio means lower utility costs during the summer, which is always a welcome relief for homeowners. Not only will you notice an improvement in energy costs, but your comfort level with a new system should be noticeably better, with improved humidity control and faster cooling.
What Efficiency Is Right for Me?
Carrier and other top manufacturers offer ultra-efficient air conditioning systems with a SEER up to 21. Carrier and Toshiba offer ductless units that can reach up to SEER 23 and are perfect for historic homes and remodeling projects. The higher you go in efficiency, the more you’ll have to invest up front to purchase the unit.
Many homeowners choose a mid-range system for the best balance between monthly energy savings and an affordable purchase price. Manufacturer promotions at different times throughout the year and special financing can also help bring higher-level units into reach.
For more information about saving money with a new energy-efficient cooling system for your Greensboro, High Point, or Thomasville, NC home, check out Air Treatment’s air conditioners page or call 336-790-3206.