Saving money on monthly bills is tough if you live in an area like ours. We have extremely humid summer weather that goes into the fall, and our air conditioners often have to work hard to keep up. But homeowners are often surprised to find just how much monthly bills drop when they upgrade to a high-efficiency air conditioner.
High-efficiency air conditioners deliver the same performance as other systems (if not better) without using so much energy to run. We’ve put together a little bit of information for you so that you can select a high-efficiency system when it comes time to replace your outdated, energy-wasting AC unit.
Look to the SEER
The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) represents how much energy a system uses to cool a given amount of space in a regular cooling season. A higher number indicates a more efficient system. In our area, the law requires that any installation company can only sell a system with a SEER of 14 or higher. But if you want a unit that is considered “high-efficiency,” choose a system with a SEER of 16 or greater.
You should also make sure the unit carries the ENERGY STAR seal. This is the EPA’s seal of approval that this system is optimized for both performance and efficiency, and can help to conserve natural resources.
Additional Factors for Efficiency
You may also want to look for additional features such as variable speed settings, which allows you to adjust the fan speed in order to save more on your energy bills when the system is cooling. Additionally, you should consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat if you don’t have one already. Using a programmable thermostat to vary the temperature throughout the day can potentially save you 15% or more on your bills.
Finally, be sure to schedule air conditioning maintenance each year before the cooling season. Ask your local air conditioning technician for more information about keeping your new high-efficiency system maintained.
Call AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. for air conditioning installation and replacement services in the Savannah, GA area. We always strive to do quality work at a fair price.