When the weather heats up, thoughts turn to chilling out. If the time has come for you to replace your air conditioner you need to choose the right system. Considering the energy-efficient model needs to be your goal. It can lower your energy bills and increase your comfort level. A few things you need to know to make an informed buying decision are listed below.
Know the Rating of Your Air Conditioner
Air conditioner efficiency is given a number known as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio ( SEER). which indicates how much cooling the system expels for each unit of energy it consumes. SEER considers efficiency over the changes that occur in a cooling season. For example, in the Midwest, the AC might be used just a few times in the Spring, quite a bit in summer, and just a few times in the fall. Air conditioners are also rated by EER, Energy Efficiency Rating, which rates peak efficiency. If your climate is consistently hot and dry from spring into fall, EER is a more important factor to consider. Anywhere else, SEER is more important. Today’s minimum SEER is 13, if your system is 10 or more years old it is probably significantly lower than this. Look for a rating above 13 to ensure you are getting an energy-efficient option.
Understand Energy Star Certification
Energy Star* is another certification on an air conditioner to ensure it’s efficiency. To be on Energy Star’s current “Most Efficient” list, the unit must be 18 SEER and 13 EER. An ENERGY STAR* certified air conditioner uses eight percent less energy than a conventional model. The ENERGY STAR* certification means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. By choosing ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment and taking steps to optimize its performance, you can enhance the comfort of your home while saving energy.
Embrace Proper Sizing
What size air conditioner do you need for your home? We get this question a lot and it’s an important one. Because if you buy an HVAC system that’s too big, you’ll end up wasting money and energy. And if it’s too small, you won’t get enough cool or warm air flowing through your home. One aspect of efficiency that you can’t read on a label is the sizing of the system. This is where a qualified an HVAC Technician is critical. Working with a trained and licensed HVAC technician ensures you are investing in a system that is the correct size for your needs.
Understand the Cost and Potential Savings
There is possibly no modern invention more essential to comfortable living than air-conditioning. Air conditioners today are more energy-efficient and cost-effective than ever before, so your energy bill doesn’t have to go up while you cool down. Energy-efficient air conditioning systems have a higher cost than traditional models. Before you opt for a less efficient option consider the savings. You may have a higher upfront cost with an energy-efficient option, you will have lower energy bills for the 10 to 15 years that you use the system. The savings will offset the higher initial cost.
Consider WiFi-enabled A/C
If you’ve begun to experiment with making your home smart—if you have a device like Alexa or Google Assistant, for example, or a Wifi-enabled thermostat that you can adjust with your smartphone—consider installing a smart air conditioner. Because these units are so adjustable, the energy-saving possibilities are amazing and allow you to really fine-tune your usage.
Always Use a Professional HVAC Install & Repair Technician
Make sure you are using the right installer. In order for a system to be as efficient as possible, it has to be installed professionally by a technician with an eye for detail.
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