Everyone wants to save money and still be comfortable. And as luck would have it, there is a way to meet those two criteria. Sometimes, you have to spend a little to save a little and that includes replacing your 10 year old air conditioner.
According to AAA Heating and Cooling, you can positively impact the environment by investing in a new and energy efficient air conditioning unit. There’s about 31.2 million US households that have an AC unit that’s 10 years or older. Of that bracket, 15.9 million households have a 10-14 year old unit, 6.9 million have a 15-19 year old unit, and 8.4 million have an AC unit that’s 20 years or older. That’s pretty dang old for an appliance that get’s used every day for half of the year!
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating is a system that ranks the energy efficiency of an AC unit. The greater the SEER, the more efficient the unit. Units from 1992 or before have a SEER value of 10. In 2005, most units were produced with a minimum rating of 13 and today’s units have SEER ratings up to 23. Upgrading from a 20 year old air conditioner to a SEER rated AC unit of 16 can reduce electricity costs by 42%!
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