In the middle of a Northeast Ohio summer, today’s standard-efficiency air conditioner is good. But high-efficiency air conditioning is even better.
The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) number for a central air conditioner expresses the amount of heat removed from a home divided by the kilowatt hours of electricity consumed. Until 2006, the SEER minimum standard was 10. Today, it’s 13. To stay ahead of the curve, however, many experts today recommend upgrading beyond the standard to high-efficiency air conditioning in the SEER 16 range. The potential energy savings can be noticeable and it is good for the environment, too.
Beyond the bottom line, most high-efficiency air conditioning units also offer creature comfort and convenience advantages not available on standard models.
Here are some of the features you might find:
- Variable-speed air handlers automatically adjust airflow over the coil to match the cooling load.
- A dedicated dehumidifying cycle monitors interior humidity and keeps it in the comfort zone.
- A fan delay keeps the fan running for a few moments after the compressor cuts out to flush residual cool air out of the ducts and into living spaces.
- On cool nights and mornings, a fan-only setting allows air circulation without running the compressor.
- That noisy outdoor condenser is replaced by a unit with vibration isolation, computer-designed composite fan blades and sound-dampening insulation blankets. It produces noise levels as much as 10 times lower than a SEER 10 unit.
- A maintenance reminder light on the thermostat lets you know when it's time to change the filter.
- A longer base warranty than a SEER 13 unit. Many high efficiency units have 10-year limited warranties.
- No more worries about the future availability of R-22 refrigerant, now being phased out. High-efficiency A/C units utilize R-410A, the environmentally friendly alternative.
Serving Greater Cleveland homeowners for 75 years, P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling is your local source for indoor summer comfort. Let us show you more of the benefits of upgrading to high-efficiency air conditioning.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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