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SEER: 3 Free Tools That Show You How Much You’ll Save with a New AC

So you’ve determined that you need a new air conditioner, and you’re well aware that SEER is a big deal when it comes to energy efficiency.

But you have no idea how much money you’ll save by picking one SEER rated air conditioner versus another.

In other words, you have no idea how much a 14 SEER saves versus a 13 SEER, or an 18 SEER versus a 16 SEER--and so forth.

How much you’ll save depends on several factors. But there are a few tools you can use to get a general sense--making shopping for a new air conditioner much easier.

Here are 3 free tools that will empower you to estimate the savings you’ll get when picking one SEER rated air conditioner over another.

1) Annual Energy Savings Calculator from NATE

Why this tool rocks:

  • Simple and easy-to-use
  • Lets you see how much money you’ll save by picking one SEER over another when upgrading from your old system.
  • Allows you to input the tonnage (cooling ability) of the unit

What it‘s lacking:

  • Can’t change the electric rate per kilowatt (measurement of the cost of electricity)
  • No options for calculating based on your location
  • Can’t input the cost of the air conditioner to determine a break-even analysis
  • Beginning SEER only goes as high as 12 SEER--limiting the comparisons you can make

2) Energy Savings Calculator from Lennox

Why this tool rocks:

  • Visually engaging
  • Unlike the NATE tool, you can compare higher rated SEER air conditioners to each other
  • Gives you 5, 10 and 15-year savings (this is important because air conditioners typically last about 15 years according to Consumer Reports
  • Lets you input the electric rate per kilowatt (measurement of the cost of electricity)
  • Lets you calculate based on location

What it‘s lacking:

  • Only lets you compare with 10 SEER rated air conditioners or higher (older air conditioners may be 8 SEER)
  • Can’t input tonnage
  • Can’t input the cost of the air conditioner to determine a break-even analysis

3) Energy Usage and Payback Calculator (Excel File) From Energy Star

Why this tool rocks:

  • More customization than other tools
  • Gives you ability to input cost of air conditioner in order to see complete life cycle savings
  • Lets you add number of air conditioner units
  • Lets you add electric rate per kilowatt
  • Gives you option to calculate based on location
  • Lets you see side by side comparisons of conventional vs Energy Star rated air conditioners

What it‘s lacking:

  • Not visually engaging and it’s not easy-to-use (especially if you’re not familiar with Excel)
  • Lacks guidance for beginners. This tool can be overwhelming and not helpful if you don’t have all the information needed to make an accurate calculation

In summary

Hopefully these tools will empower you to see the savings each SEER rated air conditioner will provide to make your air conditioner shopping easier.

Just remember than each tool is limited in how accurate it can be because there are many factors that determine your electric bill.

To get a complete view of how much money you can save by upgrading from one SEER to another, contact Cool Today online for help.

Cool Today provides award-winning air conditioning service to Sarasota, Bradenton, Port Charlotte, Tampa, Venice, North Port, and West Florida.

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