Saint Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach Counties, FL.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating is the primary efficiency rating of both heat pumps and air conditioners. A higher SEER rating means higher efficiency and lower power bills (a highly efficient system can quickly pay for itself through lower power bills and maintenance costs). A minimum of 14 SEER has been adopted for southern regions.
The price you see in your cart is the price you pay for your new unit and installation. There may be enhancements available with your system which you can choose to purchase or not. In the event of code violations (that require correction) or any permit fees, those will be the additional costs that you would incur.
Central air conditioners typically last from 12 to 15 years. The lifespan of a central cooling unit may be reduced if its capacity is not properly matched to the cooling load of the home. Oversized air conditioners “short-cycle,” turning on and off rapidly, inflicting excessive wear and tear on the compressor. The compressor is the most costly part in the system. A worn-out compressor in a unit that’s outlived its warranty is usually a deal-breaker that warrants upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient air conditioner rather that repairing the existing unit.
A split system is made up of two units: an outside unit (condenser) and an inside unit (air handler). A package system contains both the condenser and air handler in one.
Straight AC provides basic air conditioning, the addition of heat strips give the system the ability to provide some heat. An electric heat pump uses refrigerant to both cool and heat.