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Rising utility bills are almost guaranteed to happen every year. Moreover, homeowners in Augusta and across Georgia are eager to do their part to reduce their environmental footprint. Purchasing air conditioners and furnaces with greater energy efficiency is a cost-effective decision that can trim your utility bills and, in the long run, help protect Georgia’s woodlands, wetlands, and beaches.

Contact Sig Cox Air Conditioning & Heating at (706) 770-6366 to learn more about the energy-efficient HVAC services we offer in Georgia. We are always happy to tell our clients new ways to enjoy even more significant HVAC energy savings throughout the year.

Calculating the Operating Cost of Your Air Conditioning System

It doesn’t take complex math to calculate the estimated operating costs for a new air conditioning system in Georgia. A simple equation is all that’s required to give you a good estimate. In fact, we make it easy to calculate the effect of a higher SEER rating on your annual utility bills. Our easy-to-use calculator is a simple tool that makes it a breeze to determine how much an extra point or two on the SEER rating will save you each year. 

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SEER Ratings FAQs

Q: What is SEER Rating?

A: When determining energy savings, it's vital to understand what the SEER rating is. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It is calculated by determining the total cooling output that occurs during a typical season. This number is then divided by the total electric consumption of the unit. The resulting number is the SEER rating. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the system.

Q: What are the Benefits of a Higher SEER Rating?

A: The higher the SEER rating, the less energy you will use throughout the year. This translates to lower utility bills, and in many cases, less wear and tear on your system because the system doesn't have to work as hard to keep your home cool and comfortable.

Q: Where Can I Find My Air Conditioner's SEER Rating?

A: Most air conditioners have the unit's SEER rating marked on the outside of the unit. You can also search the Consortium for Energy Efficiency’s directory to determine the SEER rating of your system.

q: What is the Minimum SEER Rating for Georgia?

A: Regulations implemented in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Energy state that any new air conditioner product installed in the southeastern United States must have a minimum SEER of 14.

Q: Are Products with a Higher SEER Rating More Expensive?

A: Generally, the higher the SEER rating, the greater the cost of the unit. However, this is not always the case, and it is quite possible to find a great deal on a unit with a higher SEER rating than other comparable air conditioners. And because high-SEER units are more efficient, you’ll spend less in the long run for the same amount of cooling.

Q: Does a Higher SEER Rating Mean a Larger Unit?

A: In many cases, a unit with a higher SEER rating is larger than units with lower ratings. But, as with cost, this is not always the case, and it's important to consider the overall size of the unit when determining which unit is the best replacement air conditioner for your home.

Q: What Makes Higher SEER Ratings More Effective at Cooling the Home?

A: Air conditioners with a higher SEER rating rely on two factors to deliver significantly improved cooling capacity. These are either a two-stage or variable-speed compressor, coupled with a variable-speed blower.

Contact Sig Cox Air Conditioning & Heating at (706) 770-6366 for more information about the HVAC Services we offer in Augusta, Georgia. It is our pleasure to answer your questions about everything from SEER ratings to the best ways to zone your home for maximum energy savings.

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