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Making Your Home Air Conditioner Save You Money

Chris Helms - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Making Your Home Air Conditioner Save You Money

Ways your home air conditioner can help, not hurt, your budget.

A home air conditioner is not just a luxury but arguably a necessity in the South during the summer months. However if you’re watching your budget, it can be tempting to try to forgo the cool in order to save on your monthly expenses. But is there a way to have a home air conditioner without it breaking the bank? Here’s how you can make your home air conditioner save you money.

Energy Efficiency Is the Only Way to Go

There is a rating that measures your home air conditioner’s efficiency that’s called SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The more energy efficient your home air conditioner is, the more cost effective it is to run it. A SEER rating of 13 is the minimum rating a new unit can have and a rating of 16 or more is optimum, saving you upwards of $400 per year over older, less efficient models.

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

Humidity holds heat, so if your home is too humid, you’re probably spending more than you should to keep it cool. Your home air conditioner should control your humidity levels so the relative humidity is at the optimum level, between 40-60%. By keeping the humidity levels low, you will save money when running your home air conditioner, up to $300 per year.

Energy efficiency and humidity control are two really big, and relatively easy, ways your home air conditioner can help save you money. For more information on how to get the right home air conditioner for your budget, check out Helms Heating & Air Conditioning, the leader in home air conditioning.