Three Air Conditioning Terms to Know if you Want to Save Money
Air conditioning costs can soar during the hot Florida summers. So, if you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, there are a few terms you’ll want to learn before laying down any cash.
- SEER: An acronym for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, SEER is the measure of an air conditioning system’s efficiency. It’s calculated by dividing a system’s cooling output during a typical cooling season by the total electric energy input during that same period. Simply put, the higher the SEER rating, the more efficient an air conditioning system is. The minimum SEER rating for systems manufactured today is 13, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Energy. While a higher SEER-rated unit will cost you more initially, the savings in annual cooling costs will more than make up for the difference you’ll spend over a lower rated system.
- Modulation: The term modulation refers to a modulated or variable-speed capability of the fan motor inside an air conditioning system’s air handler, the part that moves cooled or heated air throughout the ductwork of your home or building. Unlike conventional single-speed motors, a variable speed motor runs at a wide range of speeds to more precisely control airflow and humidity. That precision helps avoid the need to repeatedly adjust your thermostat and keeps cooling costs down.
- Humidity: Just like a day outside in a humid climate, high humidity inside your home can make you feel warmer, even with your air conditioner running at full blast. This is particularly true of window units and ductless systems. Instead, choose a central air conditioning system equipped with humidity control to save upwards of $300 a year.
If you’re shopping for a new AC system in the Northeast Florida area, call 904-685-8937 to schedule an appointment with a Charlie’s Tropic Heating & Air Conditioning today.