Air conditioners come in various seer ratings ranging from 13 to up in the 20’s. The higher the seer number, the more efficient it is. Seer stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. 13 Seer is the federal minimum to be sold, is single stage, and cheaper than the higher seer conditioners. A 16 seer air conditioner is high efficiency, 2 stage so it transfers air twice as fast, and is eligible for a tax credit. The 16 seer is more expensive initially but saves you money in the long run by lowering your energy costs and has less of an impact on the environment. To figure out how much you would save there is a simple equation to use. You take the number of BTU’s and divide it by the seer number to get the number of watts used an hour. You then take that number and multiply it by how much your electric company charges per kilowatt hour to see how much it costs to run each air conditioner an hour. Depending on where you live in the country, some people have to run the AC more than others so you just have to figure out the average hours ran and multiply it by how much it costs to run an hour to see the difference it makes. Bartlett heating and air has all the sizes or air conditioners to choose from. If you have any questions, call the office and we can discuss all your options.
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