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Why Does My New A/C Unit Run So Long?

For most people, energy efficiency and cost savings are primary concerns when purchasing a new heating and cooling system. But, we often hear from customers who, after purchasing a new system, wonder why it seems to run longer than the old system they replaced.

It only stands to reason that the longer your system runs, the more it costs to operate, right? Not necessarily so. In fact, with the technology built in to today’s high-efficiency Carrier units, running more may actually cost you less!

As you research the countless options of which unit to buy, you will likely come across many industry-standard efficiency rating systems, codes and terms. While this can be confusing, the most important thing to remember is the higher the number, the higher the efficiency – and the lower your long-term operating costs will be.

One of the more common standards is the SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is the measure of efficiency used to rate the cooling process of air conditioner and heat pump systems. The higher the SEER, the greater the efficiency and savings.

In January 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy enacted new minimum efficiency rating guidelines, which state all new products must have a 13 SEER or higher. Here in the Southeast, the minimum required SEER is 14. At Barineau, we offer systems that can achieve SEER ratings higher than 20.

As you are well aware, Florida humidity is just as big an enemy as temperature when it comes to keeping our homes and offices comfortable. In fact, a vital part of the air conditioning process is removing the moisture from the air. So, it’s just as important to control the humidity as it is to lower the temperature when things get hot.

So, how does all this add up to running more and costing less? Simple: Today’s higher SEER units are designed to run longer to maintain temperature and humidity levels – but, they run at lower speeds and use less energy. It is more efficient to maintain the correct levels than to constantly drop below those levels and ask your unit to work harder to regain them.

If your air conditioner is at least 10 years old or has a low SEER rating, it may be time to give Barineau Heating & Air a call at (850) 580-4029 to talk about potential energy savings and increased comfort.

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