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Are More Efficient Air Conditioners Worth the Added Cost?

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If you’re shopping for a new air conditioner for your Lake Forest, Illinois, home, you may wonder how efficient a system should be to save the most money. The SEER rating is important, but it’s only one of many factors affecting the efficiency of your new system.

Understand the Ratings and Savings

Before you try to find the savings in a new system, it’s important to comprehend what SEER ratings are and how they affect your utility bills. Normal SEER ratings of a system are typically between 10 and 20, although they can go higher. The score is determined by the amount of energy consumed and the system’s output. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit.

Don’t Go Too High

At some point, a higher SEER isn’t going to offer you the savings for the cost of the unit. Instead of heading out and buying the highest SEER rated system, check many different systems to see what’s more efficient for your home. Maybe central air isn’t even the best option for your home. With all the new technology available, a heat pump or a zone system might be more efficient. Examine all your options instead of rushing out and picking the system based solely on the number.

Check a Savings Calculator

The best way to figure out how much a new air conditioner will save is to check out one of the many savings calculators available online. Put in the required information, and these calculators will give you a good estimate of how much you can expect to save. Subtract that from the added cost of your new system, and you can get a good idea whether it’s worth it. Don’t forget, however, other factors that contribute to energy savings.

If you have questions about upgrading your system, we’re here to help. Call Ireland Heating and Cooling at 847-388-0108 to speak to an experienced professional today.

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