How to Choose an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

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Air conditioning is an essential feature to maintain a comfortable home environment in the summer months. When you turn on the air conditioner, energy is used to run the machine that moves cold air throughout your home.

Most air conditioners today are more energy efficient compared to the original models that were developed years ago. But, you still need to be careful with the system that you choose. The goal is to cool down without driving up the utility costs too much.

Tips for Buying an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

Here are a few things to consider when talking to an HVAC expert about the installation of a new air conditioner in your home:

  • Programmable Thermostat: Whether you have a central air system or you decide to install a window unit, choose an air conditioner with a temperature setting feature that can be programmed. You can choose the desired temperature. Then, the unit will turn on and off to match your setting. You can also program the timing to match your daily schedule. For example, there’s no reason to cool the house when you are away at work. You might also consider a thermostat that can be managed from your smartphone.
  • System Size for Your Home or Room: What is the right size that is needed to maintain the temperature of your space? If the unit is too small, you will be sweltering in the summer heat while the air conditioner is overworking throughout the day. On the other hand, a unit that is too large can quickly cool the room, but you will feel clammy.
  • SEER and EER Rating: Two measurements of energy efficiency are the SEER and EER ratings. When you are choosing a unit, discuss these ratings with your contractor to determine the right unit for your home. The goal is to choose a higher rating, which means better energy efficiency from the unit.

If you don’t know a lot about energy efficiency, then our team is here to help you explore your options. Talk to us to learn more about the right air conditioning unit to install in your home. Call Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning: (951) 375-6856.