When it is time to buy a new air conditioning unit and have it installed, it can be a daunting task. There is so much that you need to know and a lot of things that you probably don’t. A new unit is not a cheap investment and when you start to use it you are using energy that you have to pay for each month. There are so many to choose from and just as many sizes and styles too. There are some things that if you knew about, could help you make a good decision on what unit is right for you. You always want to start with a professional HVAC company that can help direct you in the right direction but you should know what you are talking about.
Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning has prepared a couple of terms that you should be familiar with when buying a new unit.
SEER: This is a term that you will see on the sticker that comes on each unit. It will be followed by a number and is very important to you when choosing what unit you want. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiently Ratio and comes from the manufacturer that has built the unit. This number tells how efficient the unit is and in turn how much money it can save you on your monthly energy bill. Current units are not allowed to be manufactured with a rating lower than a 13. There are many older units that were rated with as low as a 7. The higher the number the more efficient the unit is. Obviously the higher the rating the higher the price of the unit. You can spend the money now on the new more efficient unit and save on your monthly bill or you can spend it over time. You also want to take into account the amount of time that you use the unit. If you live in a climate that requires the use of the unit throughout the year you want to go with a higher rating that you can afford.
Modulation: This is a type of unit that you can look into getting. This type of unit can adjust on its own the amount of energy that it uses to run the unit. It may sense that it needs a smaller amount of energy and will adjust accordingly. This is a more expensive unit but because of the automatic adjustment it will save you on your energy costs.