When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
Since a home's air conditioner makes up a substantial portion of its energy use, upgrading yours to a more efficient model could lead to a dramatic reduction in your monthly energy bills. A high-efficiency air conditioner keeps your home comfortable while taking much less energy to operate. Finding the most efficient central air unit for your home involves sizing it correctly and choosing one with a high Seasonal Energy-Efficiency Rating. When you want to upgrade your air conditioner in order to maximize its energy efficiency, follow these three steps.
1. Have a Professional Air Conditioner Installation Company Determine the Correct Size for Your Home
When it comes to efficiency, the size of your air conditioner is the most important consideration. Larger, more powerful central air systems simply consume more energy. Worse, an air conditioner that's too powerful for your home will repeatedly turn on and off throughout the day. A central air system consumes a substantial amount of energy when it first turns on, so turning on and off frequently will increase its overall power consumption. An air conditioner that runs constantly without the need to cycle on and off will be more efficient overall. However, one that's not powerful enough for your home will struggle to keep it comfortable and cool during the hottest days of the year. This makes it very important to select the correct size for your new central air system.
You shouldn't just rely on the square footage of your home in order to determine how powerful of a central air system you need. There are numerous factors that are a part of determining the correct size of your central air system, such as the condition of your home's air ducts, its number of windows and what type of insulation you have; even your type of roof needs to be considered. Because of the number of factors, determining the best size for your new air conditioner is best handled by professionals.
An air conditioning installation company can inspect your home (including your air ducts and insulation) in order to determine how many BTUs of cooling a central air system needs to produce in order to keep it comfortably cool. When you purchase your new air conditioning system, you shouldn't deviate too far from this number in order to ensure you're getting the best efficiency.
2. Use SEER to Compare Energy-Efficiency Between Different Units
When you're shopping for a new air conditioner, you'll notice that manufacturers list a Seasonal Energy-Efficiency Rating as part of the unit's specifications. A central air unit's SEER is an estimate of how efficient the unit is: Higher numbers are better. You can use this number to compare efficiency between different units.
3. Don't Get Swept Away by Rebates and Deals
Many air conditioner installation companies offer manufacturer rebates or specials when you purchase a certain model of air conditioner. These are a great way to save money up front on your new central air unit, but you need to make sure that the model is sized properly for your home. You may be able to save money on the initial installation, but you'll end up paying more over the lifetime of your central air unit if it's not energy efficient.
When your central air unit is properly sized for your home and has a high SEER, you're ensuring that it's as efficient as possible. Although the initial expense of a new central air unit can be high, the reduction in your energy bills help you recoup the cost over the unit's lifetime. If you need help selecting the most energy-efficient air conditioner, contact a professional air conditioner installation company to determine your home's cooling needs and help you select the right model.