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Everyone likes to save money and help the environment. Installing an energy efficient central air conditioning system or replacing your outdated one is a great way to do both. Installing an efficient AC system is especially important in areas like Florida, where the cost of cooling your home can be significant. It is important to install a system with a good SEER efficiency rating. What is a SEER rating? In this article, we will go over exactly what it is and what this efficiency rating means to you.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of air conditioning units. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency. This means when you are shopping for a new air conditioner, you want to find one with the highest rating possible. Since January 2015, the federal government has mandated that all new central AC equipment be at least SEER-14 in the Southern half of the United States, but there are units that go as high as SEER-23. In areas like Florida where systems are running the majority of the time, Volusia & Flagler recommend a system with at least a SEER-16 rating.
There are two big reasons to install a SEER-16 or higher system. One is to save money, and the other is to save the environment. You can save thousands of dollars over the AC system’s lifetime, and lower your monthly utility bills considerably. A newer system also has a large impact on our environment. For example, an AC system with a SEER rating of 8 will put out 200,000 pounds of CO2 over its lifetime, while a SEER rating of 23 emits only about 52,000 pounds of CO2. Purchasing a more efficient air conditioner can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and is a much more environmentally friendly alternative.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners have come a long way since the 1970s. They use approximately 40% less energy to cool the same space. Even if you have a central air conditioning system that is less than 12 years old, replacing it with a newer, higher rated model could save you about 30% on your cooling costs. Make sure you also hire a reputable HVAC contractor like Volusia & Flager Heating and Air, because a modern, energy efficient air conditioner will not perform properly without correct professional installation. We will insure your system: is installed in the right location; uses the correct duct sizing; has enough supply registers; has the precise refrigerant charge and rate of airflow stated by the manufacturer; and much more.
The trusted professionals at Volusia & Flagler Heating and Air are ready to help you get the most efficient system possible, and install it properly. We also do repairs, maintenance and emergency services. Keeping cool in the hot Florida climate is very important, and so is installing a central air conditioning system that is SEER rated 16 or higher. If you are ready to save money and reduce your carbon footprint, call us in Daytona Beach at 386-252-1247 to make an appointment today.
This is a question that AC contractors around Volusia and Flagler counties often hear, either anxiously in an urgent phone call or email, or occasionally with a degree of curiosity from a friend or relative.
Air Conditioner Leaking Water, but is it?
In a moment, we’ll consider the five most common reasons for this problem. Before we do, however, there is another answer: it isn’t actually leaking! Air conditioners are expected to dehumidify the air and this often leads to a degree of simple condensation rather than actual leakage.
That said, if you were to discover either a pool of water or an obvious degree of leaking, then this is often an area that needs to be professionally addressed by a Daytona Beach area HVAC provider. So, here are the five key possibilities:
There was an installation problem
This might be a situation that has followed on from a problem when it was originally installed. Perhaps the pressure on the system is too great, or possibly the unit simply isn’t level. For the latter, a quick check should provide the answer. With the former, search around the house for any closed vents, as the added pressure this causes sometimes leads to valve leakage.
Your condenser pump is broken
This can quickly be tested simply by pouring some water into the condenser pan and seeing if the excess is pumped away. If it isn’t, then the next check is to confirm that the power to the pump is OK. If it is, the two remaining causes are likely to be either the condenser itself, or the motor.
There is an air leakage situation
When your AC seals aren’t tight, it’s easier for an excess of warm air to enter the unit. This leads to air moisture condensing when it contacts the cold air inside the system. The result is the excess moisture you find below the unit. The solution here is to both reseal the unit and then to make sure everything is completely closed.
A blockage of the drain hole
Each AC unit has a drain hole for the removal of water. It might simply be blocked by either accumulated dirt or gathered debris. A check of the tubing can confirm this, and clearing any blockage should quickly solve the problem.
Baby, it’s cold outside!
In the words of that old song, this is a climate, rather than a conditioner, situation. A drop in temperature can lead to water pooling around the air conditioning unit, simply because it cannot evaporate as easily as it otherwise would. When the outside temperature heats up again, this water should soon disappear.
If you find any pooling of water, then it makes good sense to find out the cause, and then deal with it as necessary. If you don’t, then your AC unit is not running as well as it could, meaning that it is costing you extra dollars. It’s also likely that your home environment isn’t as pleasant as you’d want it to be. Unless the cause is easily rectified, such as waiting for the days to become warmer, then a quick call for a professional repair can surely provide the most useful solution.