Learn about the 4 most important features for an energy-efficient air conditioner
Now that spring is about to turn into summer, you may be beginning to think about your cooling needs. When the really hot weather comes, will your air conditioner be ready? Or will it perhaps struggle to keep your home cool, break down too often, or cost too much to run?
If you want to enjoy a worry-free cooling season, it may be time to invest in a new air conditioner. Here are the top 4 features you will want to look for when buying an energy-efficient air conditioner.
The SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating of an air conditioner is calculated by dividing the system’s cooling output by the total amount of energy used. A higher SEER indicates that you are getting more cooling for every dollar you spend on electricity. Today’s air conditioners range from 13 SEER on the low-efficiency end to 20 or higher on the high-efficiency end. But no matter what SEER you choose, you will be getting better efficiency compared to your average older unit.
Humidity plays a very important role in our perception of how hot the air is. Dry air feels less hot and oppressive than humid air, even when the temperature is actually exactly the same. If you purchase a new air conditioner with humidity control, you can actually run your air conditioner with the thermostat set a few degrees higher than you’re used to and still feel perfectly comfortable. This helps save money on your cooling bills.
By choosing a new air conditioner with variable speeds for the fan and blower, you can enjoy a more even and reliable supply of cool air. The system won’t have to switch on and off nearly so often as a single-speed system, which will save additional energy as well as limit wear and tear on the unit.
One final feature you will want to look for in your new air conditioner is some kind of programmable thermostat functionality. A programmable thermostat can help you use your air conditioner more efficiently, eliminating waste and saving energy. For example, you can program the unit to allow warmer temperatures during the day when the house is empty but start cooling to a comfortable temperature just before you usually get home from work.
Need Help Buying and Installing a New Air Conditioner?
You can trust the experts at Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing to provide honest and unbiased assistance in selecting the new air conditioner that is right for your needs and budget. We also provide professional installation to ensure your new AC unit is set up to deliver maximum efficiency. To learn more, call us at (661) 947-2653 now.