Is it possible to focus on energy efficiency and still keep your house cool in the summer? The answer is yes. Upgrading to a new AC system can be the answer. You can save a significant amount of energy and lower your monthly utility bills by installing a new air conditioner. Here’s how to choose the right one:
Consider Your Budget
Your budget should be the number one consideration when you start shopping for a new AC unit. The more efficient the unit, the more money you’ll save over time, but make sure you are comfortable with the initial cost.
Choosing the right size unit for your home’s square footage is important. If it’s too big, it won’t be efficient because it will cycle on and off frequently. If it’s too small, it will have to work overtime to keep up with demand, using more energy than necessary. A good HVAC technician can guide you when choosing the size for your home.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It’s the rating given by the U.S. Department of Energy to all newly manufactured air conditioners. It measures the production of cool air per watt of energy. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit. Old systems were as low as 8. We recommend anything over a 14 rating for optimal efficiency.
Choosing to boost your energy efficiency is a great way to save money and protect the planet. For help choosing the right air conditioning unit to increase your home’s energy efficiency, contact the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling, Inc.