The table below shows a comparison between the annual energy consumption for the various SEER ratings based on 11.67 cents/KWh (average price in West Virginia). Also based on 1087 yearly cooling hours average for Southern West Virginia. This table is only intended to give you a rough estimate. The savings are not guaranteed and depend on various factors (such as the insulation in your home, how many people live in your home, variations in weather, etc.) In the 1980s the average SEER for an air conditioner was 6. In the 1990s the Department of Energy mandated a minimum SEER rate of 10 for all new air conditioners sold in the United States. For the purposes of our table, we’re going to use the base SEER Rating of 10, which is likely the most common SEER rating for comfort cooling equipment in our area. Age and deferred maintenance also decreases the efficiency of equipment. That means that the older your equipment, the more it costs you to run it each year.
There are substantial savings with purchasing and installing higher SEER rated equipment. This is because you don’t use as much energy. Using less energy is also very beneficial to the environment. Because of that, some utility companies offer rebates for upgrading your existing equipment to a more efficient type of system. Unfortunately, in our area, there are no rebates offered for gas-heating equipment. Appalachian Power West Virginia has the eScore Program, which offers these rebates. In order to qualify for these rebates, homeowners must replace an existing air source heat pump or
electric resistance heat system. Equipment must be new, Energy Star rated, and meet the minimum efficiency requirements. Participants in the eScore program will receive a check usually within 6-8 weeks from the time of the install, and are not affected by financing (meaning you get the rebate in full regardless of how long you finance). As a service to our customers, Montani Mechanical Group is a trade ally with Appalachian Power, and submits qualifying rebates to Appalachian Power automatically after installs and Preventative Maintenance visits. Appalachian Power will have to conduct a quick, in-home inspection of the new system, but they will work around your schedule. They’ll even come out on Sundays!