The modern homeowner is concerned about saving energy and saving money. High-SEER central air conditioners reduce energy and cut energy bills, making them very attractive to the discriminating homeowner. High-SEER units are also better for the environment. Most homeowners choose these units to save money. The savings can be 50 percent or more, with an average total annual savings of 30 to 40 percent. Central air conditioners that are 15 to 25 years old have SEER ratings of 8 to 14. The least efficient units available today are 13 SEER; however, there are some with SEER ratings in the low 20’s!
Below are a few examples of potential savings when replacing a central AC unit:
- Old: 10 SEER, New: 17 SEER. Savings 41%
- Old: 8 SEER, New: 14 SEER. Savings 44%
- Old: 10 SEER, New: 20 SEER. Savings 50%
- Old: 8 SEER, New: 22 SEER. Savings 63%
Today’s most energy efficient central air conditioners include:
- Lennox 26 SEER XC25 Air Conditioner
- Maytag PSA4BI 25.5 SEER Central Air Conditioner
- Carrier Infinity 21 SEER Central Air Conditioner
- Trane XV20i 21 SEER Variable Capacity AC
- Bryant Evolution 180B 20 SEER 2-stage AC
- Armstrong 4SCU18LS 18 SEER 2-stage AC
- Goodman DSXC18 18 SEER 2-stage AC
During the summer, up to 45 percent of your home energy use is attributed to the AC unit. This can vary by climate and the size of the home. Consider upgrading to a more efficient model and start saving money today! Some local utilities offer rebates for energy efficient upgrades to your home, including heating and cooling upgrades. Contact your local utility company to find out what’s available in your area. We also recommend using a professional HVAC contractor to install your new AC unit.