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Myths & Facts About SEER Ratings

Homeowners make a mistake when price is the only factor they consider when purchasing a new central air conditioning unit for their Texas homes. While upfront cost is a valid consideration, it should not be the only factor — nor the main factor — in a person’s decision, as many homeowners wind up saving more over the lifetime of a product by purchasing a high SEER rating product. Here are some of the myths we come across when talking with homeowners interested in a Houston AC installation.

Myth: Bill Savings Won’t Cover The Cost of a SEER 13.

Fact: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that the difference between a SEER 10 (the minimum efficiency standard) and a SEER 13 is $171. However, the typical household saves $48/year in electricity prices, so the unit pays for itself in 3.5 years and results in a $696 savings over the 18-year lifespan of the product. If electricity prices increase, the payback will come even sooner. Today’s AC units have SEER ratings up to 21.00!

Myth: Higher SEER Units Are Much Bigger & Require Renovations.

Fact: Quality manufacturers like Lennox and Bryant have used advanced technology to decrease the size of the parts on their high energy efficiency units. In fact, many high SEER units are just three inches larger than the most basic units.

Myth: My AC Unit Will Always Operate At Its SEER Rating.

Fact: It’s important to keep in mind that the SEER rating is based upon a lab test and one set of conditions. The actual energy efficiency will depend upon the air temperature in your rooms, the thermostat settings, and the amount of airflow in the blower system. Even so, a SEER rating gives you a rough estimate of what you might expect and helps you compare apples to apples when buying a new system.

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