14 SEER vs 16 SEER

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If you’ve looked into replacing your AC you may have heard the options of 14 SEER or 16 SEER units we wanted to do a quick blog just explaining what that is and what some of the key differences are. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating of an HVAC unit is determined by dividing the total amount of cooling it produces in a season by the total amount of electricity needed for that cooling. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the unit is.

If you’re replacing an older, less-efficient HVAC, you will see a significant decrease in your energy bills with even a 14 SEER unit because even the 14 SEER tend to me more efficient then a lot of the older units made 15+ years ago but now that we understand what SEER means of course the 16 SEER is going to be even more efficient! The amount of money you will save with the 16 SEER versus the 14 SEER would depend on the size of your home as well as how much cooling you do each year. On average we find a 16 SEER unit uses about 15% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as the 14 SEER so if you think about that long term of course depending on those other factors there is defiantly some money saving potential. Besides the money saving side of it there are more potential pros for going with the higher efficiency system. Typically a 16 SEER unit will include a two stage compressor which will help the unit adapt to conditions in your home where as with the one stage its ether running full speed or not at all. This keeps the temperature in your home more consistent in turn improving your comfort. Depending on the manufacture of the equipment and company installing it there could be benefits with the warranty as well. Evergreen Heating & Air with Amana offers a 10 year labor warranty with our 16 SEER units. This means for 10 years from your install if you had any issues not only would your parts be covered but the labor as well which can be a huge savings in itself.

If you would like more information of the pros and cons for each give us a call and one of our comfort care experts can come out and give you a quote and discuss what would be best for your home.