According to Energy.gov, the most efficient new A/C systems use up to 50 percent less energy than those installed three or four decades ago. If your air conditioning equipment's a decade old, you can still shrink your cooling bill by replacing it. Operating cost savings of up to 40 percent are possible in some cases. Maximize your savings and enjoy added comfort and convenience by looking for advanced A/C technology and features when selecting your new home comfort system.
Compare system efficiency with SEER
The first and most obvious hallmark of high efficiency central air conditioners is their seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER. SEER numbers help you compare relative energy usage among various cooling systems- the higher the SEER the more efficiency derived.
The minimum SEER standard for air conditioners manufactured today is 13 due to stricter government energy conservation requirements and better engineering. Use the Energy Star label as a guide. It means that the equipment has a SEER rating of 13 or greater.
Although you might consider going for a higher SEER to increase your long-term savings, anything over 18 is likely to be overkill for the local Cleveland area climate. Rather than going for a higher SEER cooling system, invest in a high-efficiency furnace, which will offer more savings for local homeowners since our winters are typically longer and have more austere weather than our summers.
Other advanced A/C technology to look for
- Thermal expansion valve and energy efficiency ratio (EER) above 11.6: Offers high-efficiency operation on the hottest days
- Variable speed air handler: Optimizes your new ventilation system so your A/C doesn’t run on high constantly, but only when necessary
- Auto-delay fan switch: Increases efficiency effortlessly, shutting off the fan a few minutes after the compressor cycles off
- Fan-only option: Allows “ventilation only” at night to keep cooling costs low.
- Quiet operation: Limits stressful noise pollution.
- Filter check light: Provides convenient reminders to check and replace your air filter at the manufacturer-recommended frequency, based on the number of operating hours.
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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 over 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. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. 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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