Benefits of Installing an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner
The energy efficient air conditioner you installed in the 1990s probably wouldn’t be considered energy efficient today. Advancements in technology and higher standards for energy savings have improved the performance of air conditioning systems exponentially in the past two decades.
How Low Can You Go?
The energy efficiency of air conditioners is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating system.
SEER can be explained this way:
SEER = (Total cooling output over a cooling season) / (Total energy output over a cooling season)
The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is. But the air conditioner that’s right for your home won’t always be the one with the highest SEER rating. The size and age of your home, how it is sited, and more, need to be factored into the decision.
In order to be ENERGY STAR® qualified, an air conditioner must have a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher. At Moore Mechanical, we install Carrier air conditioners, which have SEER ratings from 13-21.
Energy Efficient AC Advantages
We always recommend to our clients that they get the most energy-efficient air conditioner they can afford. Why? Installing an energy efficient air conditioner has several advantages.
- Superior performance – the more energy efficient your AC system is, the more advanced its features are. Some energy efficient Carrier air conditioners are equipped with variable-speed compressors that can run at as low as 25 percent capacity—while keeping your home perfectly comfortable.
- Longer lifespan – because of their increased efficiencies, energy efficient air conditioners cycle on and off less frequently and tend to have less wear and tear over time. And because they perform so well, they don’t need to be replaced as soon or as often as less efficient systems.
- Lower energy bills – the more energy-efficient your air conditioner is, the more you’ll save in energy costs over the life of the system. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a new, high-efficiency air conditioner can reduce the energy you use for cooling your home up to 20-50 percent.
- Environmentally-friendly refrigerant – air conditioners manufactured after 2010 no longer use ozone-damaging refrigerant. Instead they are equipped with R410a, which is safer for the environment.
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