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14 vs 16 SEER: Which Rating is Best For Your AC in Florida?

Typically, one of the first things you should think about when shopping for a new AC is what SEER rating you should get.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and measures how efficient an AC system is. The higher the SEER rating, the more expensive the AC will be to purchase, but you’ll likely see more energy-savings on your monthly bills.

So, what SEER rating is best for your Florida AC?

We recommend that Florida homeowners choose a 16-SEER AC system because it offers the best long-term savings for the initial upfront cost. However, this recommendation is just a starting point. You should still contact a professional to provide a SEER recommendation for your new AC.

In this blog, we’ll look at

  • How much a 16-SEER AC can save you over time
  • What factors could impact your cost savings

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How much can a 16-SEER AC save you over time?

You’re probably wondering exactly how much a 16-SEER AC can save you. A 16-SEER AC compared to a 10-SEER AC can save you 30-40% per year on electrical costs, which is approximately a thousand dollars over the 15-year lifespan of an AC unit.

Beyond helping you save money, 16-SEER ACs use variable speed/two-stage compressors. This advanced technology allows for more even cooling throughout your home and extends your AC’s lifespan.

However, 16-SEER ACs are more expensive upfront, so if a 14-SEER fits your budget better, don’t worry. Florida homeowners can still save 20-40% on cooling costs with a 14-SEER AC if replacing an old AC. A 14-SEER AC is the Department of Energy’s minimum SEER requirement for Florida.

What factors could impact your cost savings?

A 16-SEER AC offers increased energy savings, but it cannot compensate for other factors in your home, such as:

  • Poor insulation: If your home is poorly insulated, even a 16-SEER AC will have to work harder to cool your home, driving up your energy bills.
  • Leaky ductwork: With leaky ductwork, your AC will have to run longer to cool your home. You would need to repair your ductwork before you could see the cost benefits from having a 16-SEER AC.

To make the most out of investing in a 16-SEER AC, it’s best to contact an HVAC professional. The technician will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and recommend whether or not you’d get the savings you desire out of a 16-SEER AC.

Want a SEER recommendation from a trusted Florida HVAC contractor? Contact Climate Design

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