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Does a High SEER2 Rating Matter?

When it’s time to install a new central air conditioner in your home, you may be wondering about those SEER2 ratings assigned to AC units. Does it really matter if you go with the baseline efficiency standard or invest in a high-efficiency unit?

The short answer is yes. A high-efficiency air conditioner can go a long way toward saving you money on your monthly energy costs. You can give our team a call to schedule your in-home assessment and learn about Sarasota air conditioning financing. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about the SEER2 rating system and why it matters.

What is SEER2?

The SEER2 rating system is designed to offer an efficiency estimate for air conditioners and heat pumps that operate in cooling mode. SEER2 was introduced in January 2023 as a replacement to the original SEER model. SEER2 takes into account some additional real life factors that the SEER rating model did not. The idea behind SEER2 is that you can have a much better idea of the overall efficiency of an air conditioner for your home so you can estimate how much you’ll spend on energy costs.

Impacts of Better Energy Efficiency

When you invest in an air conditioner or heat pump that has a high efficiency rating, you’re investing in energy savings over the life of your unit. This can benefit you in a few different ways. The most obvious is that you’re saving money on your monthly energy costs. Saving even just 10% extra on your monthly energy bills can add up to thousands of dollars over the life of an air conditioner or heat pump. 

Plus, a more efficient unit is not having to work as hard to produce results. It will take on less of a load and potentially have fewer repair needs and less chance of breaking down over the life of the unit. One more benefit is that a higher efficiency AC or heat pump is reducing the impact to the environment. Using electricity does have some negative impact to the environment. The less electricity that you can use overall, the smaller your carbon footprint is.

Financing Options for a Better AC Unit

There is one important consideration when investing in a heat pump or AC with a higher SEER2 rating. They are more expensive for upfront installation, even though your stand to save significantly over the life of the unit. 

Many homeowners don’t have the extra money that it takes to invest in a high efficiency model. That’s where HVAC financing can come in handy. You can finance all or a portion of your new air conditioner to alleviate some of the financial strain while still enjoying all of the benefits of a high efficiency system. 

Do yourself a favor and contact Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling for air conditioning service in Siesta Key, FL. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970!

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