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Upgrading Your Air Conditioner? Don't Overlook These 5 Key Features

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 02:15 PM

Upgrading your air conditioner is an opportunity to save money. If your existing A/C is 10 years old or more, its SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is probably 10 or less. But technology hasn’t stood still, the minimum SEER of today’s air conditioners is 13. Those three steps up the ladder will deliver up to 27% energy savings and lower operating costs.

purchasing air conditioner tipsUpgrading your air conditioner to a high-efficiency unit of SEER 14 reduces costs even more. But while you’re watching the energy-savings bottom line, keep an eye out for these features that deliver greater comfort, convenience and reliability, too:

  1. Variable-speed air handler: The blower in most older A/C units is limited to run at one speed. A variable-speed blower can adjust its speed depending on changes in the system, such as a filter that is becomming clogged. It is therefore better able to maintain the comfort level in the home. 
  2. Fan delay: Every time your compressor and fan cycle off, conditioned air in your ducts stops, too. A fan delay maintains fan operation for several minutes after the compressor cuts out, flushing cool air out of the ducts and into rooms where it's needed.
  3. Quieter operation: That noisy outdoor unit can be replaced by one with compressor vibration isolation, composite fan blades and sound-deadening insulation blankets. This produces noise levels as much as 10 times below your existing unit. 
  4. Low-cost circulation: When weather is moderate, or nights and mornings cool, circulating air through your home without running the A/C compressor maintains interior comfort and saves energy. The fan-only feature is standard on many new units. This is especially effective when paired with a high-efficiency variable speed blower
  5. Environmentally friendly refrigerant: The R-22 refrigerant used in older units is being phased out so prices are skyrocketing. You can stop worrying about future availability by upgrading to a new unit that uses R-410A, the designated alternative.

In Cleveland for more than 75 years, P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling understands local A/C requirements and meets the needs of the community with experienced sales and service. Contact us if you need more information about the features of today's air conditioners.

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Paul WadsworthPaul 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.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: air conditioning, SEER, air conditioner replacement, energy savings

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