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Are High-Efficiency Air Conditioners Worth It?

An air conditioner outside a home in the Cayman Islands.

If it’s time to replace your home’s air conditioning system, you might feel overwhelmed by the various options on the market. There are many cooling systems to choose from, and they all have advantages that make them appealing to homeowners in the Cayman Islands. As you may or may not know, these options include high-efficiency AC units.

But are high-efficiency air conditioners worth it? Before we answer this vital question, it’s important for you to know how these specific cooling systems work. In this blog, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about high-efficiency vs. regular air conditioners so you can make an informed decision that fits your needs.

What Is a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner?

What makes high-efficiency air conditioners different from traditional models? To answer this question, it’s crucial to understand what a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating is.

High-efficiency ACs typically have a SEER rating of 17 or higher. In fact, these systems can have a SEER rating as high as 26 in some cases. As you can most likely imagine, higher SEER ratings equal greater energy efficiency.

Additionally, when it comes to high-efficiency vs. regular air conditioners, it’s important to note that highly-efficient models tend to have more innovative features. For example, these ACs often include two-stage and inverter compressors, air handlers with variable-speed motors, zoning systems, dehumidification settings and more.

Although these cooling systems have various advanced features, you might still feel unsure whether you should install one in your home. If you’re still on the fence, let’s get into the reasons why many homeowners think high-efficiency air conditioners are worth it.

What Are the Advantages of a High-Efficiency AC?

Before purchasing anything for your home, you probably stop to consider how the device, appliance, or system will benefit you and your family. The same should be true for your HVAC system. Here are just a few of the ways you can benefit from a highly-efficient unit.

Energy Savings

When it comes to the energy savings of a high-efficiency vs. regular air conditioner, high-efficiency systems come out on top.

The higher the SEER rating of your air conditioner, the more energy you will save. As a result, you can end up saving money on your energy bills. Your specific energy savings will depend on your cooling needs and energy usage. If you use your air conditioner on a near-constant basis, like many homeowners in the Cayman Islands, you can slash air conditioning energy costs up to 50%!


While high-efficiency HVAC systems are excellent at helping you maintain the perfect temperature inside your home, they can also help control high humidity levels. Air conditioners with higher energy efficiency are usually “variable speed” systems. Variable speed ACs allow you to cool your home at a wide range of speeds — including slow. Why does this matter?

When you run your air conditioner for a longer amount of time but on a slower setting, this can help remove humidity inside your home. On the other hand, an AC that runs fast and for a shorter period isn’t capable of removing humidity effectively.

For many homeowners, high-efficiency air conditioners are worth it because of these dehumidification properties.


If you’ve been looking to live greener, high-efficiency air conditioners can help you do that. These air conditioners waste less natural resources and can help you lower your carbon footprint.

Is a High-Efficiency AC Right for You?

Although many homeowners will say that a high-efficiency air conditioner is a good investment, it’s crucial to make a decision that meets your specific needs. Overall, the exact cost of an energy-efficient HVAC system will vary depending on your size and efficiency requirements.

Additionally, it’s important to think about your long-term goals. If you plan to keep your home indefinitely and go with installing a high-efficiency AC you know you’ll be around to reap the efficiency savings to overcome the high upfront investment. On another note, when you decide to sell your home, a high-efficiency system can add value to your home if you’re thinking of selling.

Upgrade Your Comfort With Polar Bear

There are various reasons why high-efficiency air conditioners are worth it. In general, the cooling system you install in your home will play a significant role in your comfort, and highly-efficient units can help you achieve comfortable, cleaner air on a regular basis.

If you need help choosing between a high-efficiency vs. regular air conditioner, turn to Polar Bear. We are familiar with a variety of air conditioning systems. Our team always has AC units for sale, so you can stay cool every month of the year.

Our Comfort Consultants are here to answer your questions about air conditioner efficiency percentages, brands, models, and more. Call Polar Bear for an air conditioning installation in the Cayman Islands today!


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John Thistle
John Thistle
21:32 17 May 23
I recently had my air conditioning unit installed by Polar Bear Air Conditioning in Cayman Kai. I was very pleased with the service I received. The workmen, Jerome, Tony, and Nathan, were all professional and courteous. They arrived on time and were dressed in their uniforms. They laid out carpeting where they would be walking inside the house to avoid leaving debris or making a mess. They worked clean and kept the space tidy. They were polite and provided me a good understanding of the work they completed as well as showed me all pieces of equipment. They emailed me a jpg image of each piece of equipment's information plate so that I could record it in my home management software, as requested.Here are some specific details about the work they did:They installed 3 new high-efficiency air conditioning units that are much more energy-efficient (26 SEER) than my old units.They cleaned and disinfected the air ducts, as well as replaced previously installed flex ducts with rigid duct work that is superior in efficiency and durability.They installed new filters to help keep the air clean and free of allergens.They explained the operation of the new units to me and answered all of my questions.They cleaned up after themselves and left my home in good condition.I would highly recommend Polar Bear Air Conditioning to anyone in need of air conditioning installation or service. They are a professional and reliable company that provides excellent customer service.
Charles Mobley
Charles Mobley
01:19 01 May 23
Our ac stopped working a few weeks ago and Polar Bear sent Roemaine and Tyrone to diagnose the problem. Roemaine and Tyrone very quickly identified the problem and communicated with me. It turns out the best option was replacing the condensing unit which Paul quoted within a matter of minutes and they had expert installation team (Tony and Jerome) complete late in the afternoon with short notice. I’m very happy with their work!
17:26 22 Feb 23
I have, over the years been trying to find a reliable, professional A/C maintenance and repair company. I have tried a few. That search is now over after using Polar Bear. Billy and Jerry were absolutely a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable and professional from the initial diagnosis to the final repair. I highly recommend this company and the team that came to do work on my AC. Tim.
Gill Gordon
Gill Gordon
01:58 27 Jan 23
Polar Bear technicians are always very polite, friendly and professional in their service. Each of their technicians that we have dealt with have been great and they are always super responsive to getting someone out. Pictured are Antony and Billy who completed our recent service 👍
Zichri M.
Zichri M.
22:27 30 Dec 22
Great work. I received an email and also a call from the dispatcher that the tech would be calling me, and sure enough, the tech (Simon) called shortly after that to let me know he was on his way which was very much appreciated. The customer service from all of the team and updates was spot on, and Simon was very thorough and very knowledgeable. He was also very courteous and professional. I rate Polar Bear as the best company in town. Great work!
Glenroy Miller
Glenroy Miller
03:27 24 Dec 22
Tyrone is very knowledgeable and professional, he gave me a step by step update of what he was doing. He also gave advice on how best to protect not only the unit but my family. My wife and I are totally satisfied with the service.
Kyle Roberts
Kyle Roberts
22:50 23 Dec 22
Polar Bear's service and response was amazing! Nicole who answered my phone call and scheduled me was extremely friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable! The Technician assigned to me was Simon and he was also extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Within a minute of looking at my system he knew what the errors and issues were! He was able to fix one of the two problems that day, and then came scheduled and came the following day to fix the remaining issue. He was perfectly on time and the courtesy call before arrival both times before arriving was a welcome touch as it made sure that I was ready.Will continue using polar bear for all my HVAC needs! 5*
Kayla Shibli
Kayla Shibli
01:09 05 Oct 22
My experience with Polar Bear has been awesome!!!! From the beginning, the office staff were so professional and kind, then receiving my AC quote, the gentleman has been very prompt in his response time—, the kind of employee that puts customer first and has such a nice and an approachable attitude, very patient in answering my questions and providing guidance as required by me- customer focus completely, then as if that wasn’t enough to convince me to move my AC maintenance and installation to Polar Bear; the technicians that attended to my AC installation provided such excellent service— what stood out was how they used a carpet that was placed on my floor to avoid making any mess on my floor and whatever mess they did make, the technician used their broom to remove it. I know this message is long but I really wanted to express my THANK YOU and appreciation for such excellent customer service that I’ve experienced by Polar Bear — you have won me as a customer!! THANK YOU! Keep up the excellent customer service!!! Looking forward to building a relationship with you as a new customer.
Robert L White
Robert L White
11:48 15 Aug 22
Olivia and Demitri very professional , competent and are delightful people! She came by and diagnosed some issues with our AC system . I am reviewing your estimate at this time..I truly enjoyed meeting them. They both real assets to your Company!Rob
Omari Rankine
Omari Rankine
04:58 10 Jul 22
I am very pleased with the service that was provided by Polar Bear. I had an issue where the ac was not working at one of my rental properties after hours on a weekend. Rohan came all the way out to East End at 10pm and worked on the issue to get the system back up and running. He was very thorough and explained the issue in detail, and the measures I needed to take to prevent it from reoccurring. Excellent customer service

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