Energy efficiency is on everyone’s minds these days, especially when it comes to heating and air conditioning. Keeping our homes climate controlled is one of our largest expenses. Are you considering a new air conditioning unit to help reduce your energy use and your utility bills? Here’s how to tell if you’re getting your money’s worth with an energy efficient air conditioner:
The Size Needs to Be Right
The size of an air conditioning unit plays a big part in whether or not it’s going to be energy efficient, no matter the energy rating.
If a unit is too big, it won’t be able to effectively remove the humidity from the air, making your home feel warmer than it is. When this happens you have to use more air conditioning to make your home feel cool.
If the unit is too small, it will have to work overtime trying to keep up with demand. Either way you’re going to be using more energy than you need to. A reliable technician can guide you to the correctly sized system that you need, to make your home comfortable without costing you an arm and a leg in energy bills.
Energy Efficiency Ratings
The government has ratings attached to all HVAC systems that indicate how energy efficient they are. These ratings, Energy Efficiency Ratios (EER), indicate how many BTU’s per hour the system uses for each watt of power it draws. This means the EER measures how much cooling the system puts out to how much energy it uses.
When you’re shopping for an air conditioner you want a rating of 10 or higher. The higher the rating the less energy it will use and the less it will cost to run the system. When you’re shopping for a new unit, be sure to check the EER so you know you’re getting an efficient unit.
Finding a reliable HVAC contractor is one of the best ways to ensure you get the right air conditioner for your home, one that will keep you cool and save on your utility bills.