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A Word On SEER Ratings

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This ratio is the efficiency rating of a particular air-conditioning system. The higher the ratio, the more efficient the system will be. A standard efficiency system today is 10 SEER and can in some cases go as high as 16 SEER. Let Midlantic Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Runnymede, New Jersey, determine whether your home would benefit from a high-efficiency system.

Air Conditioning Unit


The major difference between systems is condenser size. The larger the condenser, the more efficient the unit. The reason for this is that your compressor takes in gas and raises the temperature and pressure of the gas to the condensation point. The pressure on the compressor is tremendous. This compression stroke is where the most energy is used and in turn where your electric cost to cool factors in. If the pressure in this area can be reduced, then the compressor draws less power to do its job. Large condenser coils accomplish this task. More area for the refrigerant to be compressed into reduces the pressure and power required to do this.

Factors for High Efficiency

There are many factors to consider when buying a high efficiency system. First is the size of your home; the bigger the home, the more you will save on energy. Second is how much you really use your central air conditioning system. Third is the size and condition of the home's duct system. Fourth is the condition of the furnace or air handler. Aside from saving money with plumbing renovations, you'll save money when you factor in high efficiency HVAC systems.


The reason to consider these factors is time for "payback". If the additional cost for a super high-efficiency system, as opposed to a standard system is $900 and you use the system for three months out of the year, it may take as long as 10 years to recoup the initial cost of the upgrade. This means that if you save $100 per season, you're looking at nine years for payback. High efficiency systems are a great thing, but not in every case or every home. If you have a small 1,200 sq. ft. home, we would not suggest such a system for you. Your payback time may exceed the lifespan on the system itself. In short, consider all these factors when you're ready to purchase a new comfort system.

Your Thermostat

The thermostat is the main controller of your home heating system. Using a setback thermostat that sets the heating system back when the house in not occupied is a great way to reduce heating costs. Lower the temperature by no more than eight?. Any more than that is counterproductive and causes the heating system to run too long to reach comfort levels. Never use a setback in the summer, because doing this will cause higher utility bills. Consider the temperature swings in winter: 70° indoor, 30° outdoor for a 40° temperature difference. For the summer, adjust your setback to 70° indoor when the temperature is 95° outside for a 25° difference.