Upgrading your air conditioning system is a significant investment, so it’s important to have all the facts before you make a purchase. If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, it’s time to think about upgrading to a high-efficiency model before your old one dies.
Energy Efficient Air Conditioning Sacramento
The efficiency of an air conditioner is measured by its seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER); the higher the number, the more efficient it will be. All new air conditioners manufactured in the United States must have a minimum SEER rating of 13, but that is the lowest end of the energy efficiency spectrum.
High-efficiency air conditioning systems with an Energy Star label must have a minimum rating of 14, and some models are rated as high as 26. The systems with higher efficiency are generally more expensive, but they can save you much more on monthly utility bills. A professional heating and cooling contractor can provide estimates of monthly savings for different high-efficiency air conditioning models.
Another advantage to upgrading your air conditioning system is the federal tax credits for energy efficiency. Installing a new model that meets the efficiency criteria can save you $300, but the installation has to be complete buy the end of 2011. Your contractor can also help you identify local utility rebates in the Sacramento and Placer County areas.
Summer is coming soon to Sacramento. Don’t find yourself sitting in the sweltering heat waiting for your air conditioner to be repaired. Call the professionals at All Year today to learn more about high-efficiency air conditioning systems, and how much money you can save on monthly utility bills.