If your electric bills are getting out of hand, an aging air conditioner may be to blame. Older units lose efficiency every year. They’re costly to operate compared to the high-efficiency systems of today. Here’s how a new AC installation can slash energy bills in your Lakeland, Florida, home:
Higher SEER Ratings
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that replacing a ten-year-old air conditioner could save you up to 40 percent on home cooling costs. The energy efficiency of a new air conditioner will depend in part on the SEER rating of the unit. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. Minimum SEER ratings in Florida are currently 14. Heat pumps go up to 23.5 SEER, and central air conditioners can go as high as 26. Older air conditioners might have SEER ratings of only 6.
Ductless mini-splits are among the most efficient air conditioners available. SEER ratings for these systems go up to 30. Installation is quick and easy, and ductwork is not required. With a mini-split, you can cool the rooms you use without cooling those you don’t. With inverter technology, the compressor runs longer at slower speeds with small adjustments to maintain the desired temperature. That makes mini-splits considerably more efficient than all-or-nothing air conditioners that constantly cycle on and off.
Expert HVAC Contractors
The contractor who installs your new air conditioner will have a big impact on the performance and energy efficiency of your system. The unit must be properly sized and meticulously installed to perform optimally. Make sure that your contractor performs a complete Manual J load calculation prior to installing a unit.
Expert HVAC contractors in the Lakeland, Florida area can be hard to find. Since 1961, Wards Air Conditioning has installed more than 50,000 systems throughout Polk County. Call us at 863-225-7202 for a no-cost AC installation consultation.