Is It Worthwhile To Invest in a High-Efficiency System?

When deciding which air conditioning system to buy, people often focus on efficiency. They want to know if it’s worth spending extra money on a highly efficient one. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, these are the most important issues to keep in mind.

What Is a High-Efficiency System?

Air conditioners are measured by their SEER rating. The EPA requires all AC systems to have at least 13 SEER. High-efficiency systems are rated 16 SEER and above. To achieve this high of a rating, you may need to replace your furnace and ductwork.

How Much More Are They?

A high-efficiency AC system is about $400 to $900 more than a standard one. The increased cost largely depends on the size of your home. However, you likely qualify for a federal tax credit, and your local utility may offer rebates on highly efficient systems.

Burkholder's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is a company in Emmaus, PA, that installs high-efficiency systems. We’re a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer.

How Long Will it Take for the Payback?

A high-efficiency system will save you money on your monthly utility bills. How long reduced energy bills take to make up for the increased cost of the system varies. In general, a high-efficiency system pays for itself in six years or less.

Is the Investment Worthwhile?

Whether or not a high-efficiency system is worth investing in depends on your household. It will pay for itself more quickly if you run your AC system all the time than if you use it sparingly. You should plan to stay in your home for at least five years to have time to recoup your investment.

Burkholder's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. installs, repairs, and maintains air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. We’re also indoor air quality experts. We offer businesses heating and cooling services, ventilation, automation systems, humidity controls, and more in addition to our residential services. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, please call us today.