Energy efficiency AC units
If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ll hear a great deal about energy efficiency and AC units. Most modern air conditioners are designed with energy efficiency in mind. In fact, all modern ACs must have at least a 13 SEER rating. SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, measures the amount of cold air output during the time the unit is used the most. Some air conditioners have SEER ratings of 20 or more, though the highest rating is 23.5. The higher the SEER, the better the air conditioner performs. An energy efficient air conditioner uses less energy, but cools more. Over the course of the year, running this type of air conditioner will save you money.
Of course, the SEER rating isn’t the only thing that makes an AC energy efficient. The size of the unit must fit with your home. To determine the size of system you’ll need, you have to factor in square footage, as well as other aspects such as flooring type and quality of insulation.
When you are in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ll see there are plenty of energy efficient systems to choose from. If you want to know more about these systems, the expert team at TMM HVAC Service can help you. Find out more by calling (346) 444-3690.
Which is the most efficient air conditioner?
When you’re deciding on a new energy efficient air conditioner, and you’ve determined the right size for your home, you’ll need to sort through all the different brands to find the right one for you. Along with SEER, you’ll also want to factor in the air conditioner’s EER rating, or Energy Efficiency Rating, which measures overall energy efficiency. If you live in an area that’s hot and dry year round, the EER rating is the number you’ll want to pay attention to. A high EER rating is 13, and some the best units on the market today have SEER ratings of 18 or more and EER ratings of 18 or more.
In this category, according to energy star, the best AC for energy efficiency are those in the Lennox Signature Series XC25, followed by Amana AVXC20, and the Daikin DX20VC. If you want help with choosing a unit, give us a call at (346) 444-3690.
Will a new AC unit save me money?
If you are thinking about installing an energy efficient air conditioner, once the unit is installed, you’ll likely see your energy bills begin to drop over time. Because most modern air conditioners are designed with energy efficiency in mind, you might consider replacing your old unit with a newer model, even if your current unit is less than 10 years old. Modern energy efficient systems can save as much as 20% to 40% on energy costs. Of course, this will depend on how well your current system performs, and what its SEER and EER ratings are. Also, no matter how old your system is, it won’t run efficiently if it is not well maintained.
AC energy efficiency calculator
If you want to find out how you might save money with an energy efficient air conditioner, there are plenty of resources online that can help you, one of which is an energy efficiency calculator. These calculators compare units by tonnage and SEER ratings of both your current unit and the new unit. It helps determine how much you can save. For instance, if you have a 3-ton, 9 SEER unit, and upgrade to a 3-ton 19 SEER unit, the calculator will determine you can save 53% per year in energy costs.
Is it cheaper to run a window air conditioner or central air?
Both central air conditioners and window units have their advantages and disadvantages. One of the primary advantages a central air unit has over a wall unit is that it cools the whole home, whereas, wall units only cool the room they are in so you’ll at least need one in the bedroom and in the main room of the house. At the same time, even though you may need two or more wall units, you only need to run one unit at a time to keep a particular room cool, while the other is shut off. This can save you money in energy bills. Central air units do tend to cost more to run in this case, though central air units are often more energy efficient than wall units. You’ll also have even room temperatures throughout the house.
If you are concerned about saving money and energy with your air conditioner, here are some air conditioning energy saving tips you can follow:
- Set the thermostat on the highest temperature that will still keep you cool.
- Use curtains, blinds, and drapes to keep the sun out.
- Make certain there is adequate insulation.
- Clean and change the air filters regularly.
- Keep appliances that generate heat away from the thermostat.
- Use ceiling fans to keep cool air circulating.
- Regularly maintain the air conditioner.
- Consider replacing the old unit with an energy efficient air conditioner.
Adequate insulation plays a big role in a home’s energy efficiency. A residential roofing service can help you, if your home needs more insulation.
What is the most energy efficient temperature for air conditioning?
While it may sound warm, setting your thermostat to 78 degrees will help get the most efficiency out of your air conditioner. Even just a few degrees below that figure can increase your cooling costs. Also, when turning the air conditioner on, setting it on a lower temperature will not make the room cool faster.
Does air conditioning increase home value?
Upgrading to central air conditioning can improve your home’s value, depending on where you live, and how much it costs to install the system. While home buyers find central air appealing, it’s not necessarily a selling point. If fewer homes in the area have central heat and air, and your home has it, that could add value to the home.
AC energy saving device
There are several devices offered online claiming to be energy saving devices for your air conditioner. Some may help, while others may just be a waste of money, and could end up damaging your system. Be wary of these devices, and check with professionals to find out how effective these devices may be.
If you are looking for an effective way to save money on energy costs, you may want to consider installing an energy-efficient air conditioner in Houston, TX. To schedule an installation or to find out more, call us at (346) 444-3690.