Sometimes homeowners have to make a difficult decision, continue paying for AC repairs or invest in an upgraded system. When struggling with the decision, many people ultimately come to the conclusion that the increased SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of a new air conditioning system is worth the initial installation cost.
After making the decision to replace an old system, the next thing many people want to know is:
the ideal SEER rating for central air conditioning.
SEER is energy efficiency and the more you have, the less it costs to operate. In Canada, all central air conditioning systems must be manufactured with a minimum 13 SEER rating. There are systems that go into the mid-20s . Higher efficiency units initially cost more, and often are accompanied with other comfort and performance features such as two speed or variable capacity operation and lower sound ratings. Higher efficiency units often offset the higher purchase cost with lower operating costs and provide increased comfort and humidity control..
Another thing to keep in mind is that there are usually rebates or instant savings offered by energy companies, AC manufacturers or even the government. Often these savings are for systems with a higher SEER rating as they want to encourage homeowners to install energy-efficient systems. A good heating and cooling company will let you know about all the available rebates and promotions that can help you save money on a new AC installation.
The best way to determine which system is best for you and your home is to contact a reputable cooling company and have them provide an estimate for AC replacement. They’ll be able to go over all the options and explain the different systems available.
Contact Delta Air Systems with any questions you have about AC installation and see why we’re the premier heating and cooling company in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph areas since the 1950s.