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When buying an air conditioner, Texans must consider both cost and comfort. While it’s necessary to consider the upfront cost of your air conditioner, it’s also important to think about how much running your AC will cost you over time.

Energy-efficient air conditioners can provide both comfort and savings. Buying a high-efficiency air conditioner upfront can cost more than a regular efficiency unit—but you’ll save more on your monthly bills. Those savings can offset the extra cost of the unit—and sometimes, you’ll end up saving money altogether!

The more efficient your unit is, the more you’ll save on your monthly bills. How can you tell if you have an energy-efficient unit? Read this!

Know your numbers: SEER 

The most critical number to know when considering energy efficiency is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). 

 

SEER is a simple rating: It’s the ratio of how much cooling your unit outputs over the course of an average cooling season, divided by how much energy it uses up during that season. The higher your SEER rating, the more efficient your unit—a SEER rating of 20 or more means your unit is extraordinarily efficient. Most modern air conditioners have a SEER rating of 13 to 21.

 

Fortunately, SEER is an easy number to find. You can find your SEER number on a yellow sticker on the side of your unit—the EnergyGuide sticker! If something’s happened to the sticker, you might be able to find the number in the manual for your unit—or you can even try calling your installer!

SEER won’t tell you everything

Air conditioners aren’t perpetual motion machines. As your unit works, friction in the machinery will cause wear and tear. This wear and tear will make your unit less efficient.

 

This means that the SEER rating of your unit will become less accurate the older your AC gets. Fortunately, there are some methods you can use to check your unit’s overall efficiency.

 

The easiest is to use a smart thermostat. Your smart thermostat can tell you how much energy you’re using to cool your home over time—and you can use that to determine how much you’re spending on cooling every month. 

 

Using this information, you can see how efficiently your unit is cooling your home. You will, of course, have to compare like-to-like—periods where the temperature was around the same, and you were cooling your home for about the same amount of time.

 

You can, of course, try to calculate this without a smart thermostat—just by manually tracking your cooling periods and energy bills—but a smart thermostat makes it a lot easier.

Regular maintenance can help you maintain efficiency

While we can’t stop your air conditioner from losing efficiency, we can slow the rate at which wear and tear affects your unit. By taking advantage of our maintenance plans, you’ll get a tune-up of your unit once or twice a year. These tune-ups are pretty extensive—and they get you discounts on repairs. You’ll end up with a more efficient unit and fewer, less expensive repairs!

 

Looking for a high-efficiency unit? Call Classic!

Our team can improve the lifespan of your existing unit with regular maintenance—and if it’s time for a new AC unit, we can help with that too!

 

We offer comprehensive HVAC services, including AC repair in Boerne, TX. We also provide a variety of high-efficiency AC units and heat pumps—your home will be more comfortable, and you’ll pay less on your energy bills each year.

 

So give us a call! The Classic team is here for all of your HVAC needs.

See What Our Customers Are Saying

Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
Everyone I have dealt with at Classic over the last several years always go the extra mile with customer service. Reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable team - especially JOEY SCALA!
Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers
2022-05-03
Eddie, Isaac and saul did amazing work, talked to me about everything, and made sure they installed my new ac properly. Thank yall so much!
CHERYL SCHILLINGS
CHERYL SCHILLINGS
2022-04-18
William Bragg
William Bragg
2022-04-08
We've been using Classic Air Conditioning & Heating Services for the past five years to include Installation of new units (flawless by the way), bi-annual check-ups that are scheduled and carried out without a second thought on my part, and in emergencies (backed up drain in the bathroom with a response time in under 24 hours to troubleshoot the problem). Their technicians are master's at their craft, personable, and cut to the chase on his service calls. I never feel like I'm being given the run around or a sales pitch with this company. Today, Mitchell Wesch went above and beyond walking us through what was happening and provided a multitude of options and expected timelines for future repairs. Once again, a great example of exemplary customer service. He was able to troubleshoot the problem with zero delay. We're ready for the Texas summer, and are already looking forward to the next scheduled service call. Thank you Classic Services for keeping our home healthy and happy.
Sondra Von Gyllenband
Sondra Von Gyllenband
2022-04-08
These folks are kind and helpful. They will above and beyond to assist. They make sure what needs to be done is done. Sondra
Lexie Gillotti
Lexie Gillotti
2022-04-06
Theresa did an amazing job! She informed me about everything she was doing and took extra pictures so I could have them for my record. She was quick but still answered all my questions. She definitely saved the day when my condensor froze over on the coldest day of the year, leaving my family in the cold. She was out at my house within the hour and had everything fixed in minutes.
MARIE ORTEGA
MARIE ORTEGA
2022-03-29
Very professional presentation and very very quick arrival day Same Day to our needs much better than anyone in San Antonio, very disappointed with services from San Antonio. Importantly corrected our problem in same day. Took their time and gave advice and great great pricing. Won’t go anywhere else. Will always consider local businesses instead.
Jeffrey Fields
Jeffrey Fields
2022-03-26
Jan Smith
Jan Smith
2022-03-10
Stephanie Corona
Stephanie Corona
2022-02-23
Well, once again, Classic comes to the rescue. I am on their yearly maintenance plan and yesterday Nate showed up for a late afternoon service call. Nate was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. This company never ceases to impress me. From the person that answers the phone to the people that come out to help. ALWAYS on time, responsive and caring. GREAT JOB NATE!!!
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