A former gold-mining hub, Congress, Arizona, is now a quiet town with open spaces and warm weather. If you’re planning to buy a new home in Congress, saving energy in your home just makes sense. Knowing the right SEER rating for your new home can help you save money while staying comfortable.

What Is a SEER Rating?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER ratings generally run from 13 to 21. The ratio is calculated by dividing the estimated cooling output from your air conditioner by the electric energy your air conditioner uses to generate the cooling. You don’t need to be a math whiz to understand the SEER rating. Just remember that the higher your air conditioner SEER rating, the more efficient it is.

What Is the Practical Impact of SEER Ratings?

Air conditioners with a higher SEER rating can reduce your electric bill. Your actual SEER rating may depend upon the air conditioning unit type (e.g. central verses split), specific components, and installation. It’s also important to know that there is a trade-off between the cost of an air conditioner and the amount of energy saved. Higher SEER typically means a higher purchase price, and it could take several years of use to recover the extra money spent.

What Is the Right Air Conditioning System for Your Home?

The amount of cooling your new home needs depends on how your home is designed and constructed. Cooling a 2,700-square-foot area, for example, could require a 36,000-BTU air conditioner. However, the load calculation won’t be the same if you’re cooling a 2,700-square-foot house with separate rooms on multiple levels. More air conditioning will be required for rooms with a sunny exposure and your kitchen, where appliances generate heat.

Don’t sweat the details of SEER ratings. Call Wickenburg Air today 928-427-6480, and we’ll help you determine the best air conditioning solution for your new home.

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