The Short Answer
YES! Upgrading to an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating can greatly reduce your electricity consumption. In addition, there are also a number of rebates available when you upgrade to a more energy efficient air conditioner—saving you even more money.
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The Extended Answer
How exactly can a new air conditioner lower your energy bills? The truth is that many of today’s highly efficient air conditioners can be up to 30 percent more efficient than systems that were installed just 10 years ago. The size of an air conditioner is rated in BTU’s (British Thermal Units) or tons; however, the efficiency is rated in SEER—which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating on your air conditioner, the more efficiently it operates.
According to the Department of Energy, air conditioners manufactured after January 26, 2006 must achieve a SEER of 13 or higher. SEER 13 is 30 percent more efficient than the previous minimum SEER of 10.
Although SEER 13 is the minimum, you can consider a unit with a higher SEER to achieve even greater energy savings. For example, Bryant’s Evolution System central air conditioners have as high as a SEER 20 rating!
Keep in mind, the initial investment may be more for a SEER 20 air conditioner than a 13 SEER one, but you reduce the operating costs required to run your system. As a result, your total investment (both purchase and operation) will end up being less with the higher efficient system over the course of its lifespan.
In addition to saving money by installing a higher SEER unit, you may also be eligible for certain rebates. For example, Pepco offers energy efficient rebates in Maryland through its Pepco HVAC Efficiency Program. In addition to offering up to $500 rebates for new, energy efficient heating and cooling equipment, the Pepco rebate also allows for up to a $250 rebate on duct sealing and $100 rebate on HVAC system tune-ups from Feb. 15, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2014.