Benefits of a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner
Now that we’re into the hottest days of the summer, many of us are thinking about whether our air conditioners can survive another Utah heat wave. We’re relying on them to keep us cool and comfortable for at least another three months--if not longer--and some of them are simply wearing out. However, it can be kind of confusing to sort through all the information on HVAC systems, especially with all of the technical industry terms that may be unfamiliar to you.
So, let’s start by asking yourself two questions about your current air conditioner:
- How often does your AC break down or need to be repaired?
- How high was your utility bill during the hot, summer months last year?
If those numbers are both high, then you could look at saving quite a bit by installing a new air conditioner.
Simply put, a newer model air conditioner will be more energy efficient than an old one. Air conditioners are evaluated on their energy usage with what is called a SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): the higher the SEER number, the more efficient the air conditioner is at cooling your home.
Since 2005, all ground unit air conditioners in the United States are required to have a minimum SEER of 13. Furthermore, a SEER rating of 16 or above is considered high-efficiency. You can see the SEER rating for your unit by looking at the Energy Guide sticker on your air conditioning unit. It is not uncommon for an older air conditioner to have a SEER in the single digits.
When looking at replacing your air conditioner, high-efficiency systems are definitely worth considering. Here are a few of the benefits:
1. LOWER UTILITY BILLS
High-efficiency systems with higher SEER ratings use less energy, which translates to less money spent on energy bills. In fact, switching from an old 8 SEER unit to a 16 SEER unit can save you money on your energy bill. Bottom line: higher efficiency = lower bills.
Many government incentives and/or manufacturer rebates are offered for buying a high-efficiency AC unit. By taking advantage of such offers and incentives, getting a high-efficiency system could end up costing about the same as a standard AC unit.
3. FASTER COOLING
Newer AC units are not only more efficient, they cool quicker too. Air conditioning units work by cooling your home’s air until its temperature matches the thermostat setting. When the air reaches the desired temperature, the AC unit then stops until it’s needed again. New AC units reach their desired cooling temperature much faster. Therefore, you get to enjoy cool air faster than before and your AC unit doesn’t end up running as long per cycle.
Because a high-efficiency system uses less energy, it emits fewer greenhouse gasses. Less electricity also means fewer fossil fuels are being used, which is good for the environment as well as your wallet.
As a high-efficiency AC helps keep the air at the preferred temperature, it can also more effectively remove moisture from the air.
So, if you’ve taken a look at your old unit and feel you might be ready for a new one, there are many good reasons to consider replacing your AC system and getting a high-efficiency air conditioner installed. While also being kinder to the planet, a new unit could also save you some money during the hot, summer months.
Other helpful articles:
- DIY Air Condtioner Maintenance
- Get to Know Your AC
- Turn on Your AC Before You Need It
- Any Hour Services' AC Tune-up: What to Expect
Author: Amber Smith-Johnson
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Aug 2nd 2021