Your air conditioner keeps you cool and comfortable in the extreme South Florida summer temperatures, but it’s also likely the biggest energy consumer in your home. Air conditioners that were installed just five or ten years ago may already be outdated and may not meet today’s minimum standards for energy efficiency.
Air conditioners must now have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of at least 13.00 to meet minimum standards and must have a 14.00 SEER or higher to qualify as an Energy Star product. To qualify for a federal government tax credit of up to $1,500 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, an air conditioner must have a minimum SEER of 16.00.
If your air conditioner does not meet these standards, you’re likely paying more for cooling and heating than others who have upgraded to a more energy efficient system. Perhaps the most enticing reason for upgrading your A/C system is the current opportunity to save money via the federal tax credit and rebates from FPL . The tax credit is for 30% of the cost of a new system (including installation costs) up to $1,500, while the FPL rebate can be as high as $2,100. That’s some serious savings.
You’ll want to purchase a new system that is properly sized for your home. Do not install an A/C that is too large for your home, as the system will not run long enough to effectively remove humidity, and the constant starting and stopping isn’t exactly energy efficient. This may ultimately end up costing your more in the long run. Purchasing an air conditioner that is not large enough, however, can also run up your energy bills, as it will work harder and longer to cool your home.
Qualification for the federal tax credit ends December 31, 2010 so hurry and give us a call or shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) here at All Year Cooling!