4 Facts About High-Efficiency Air Conditioners
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you should consider learning more about high-efficiency air conditioners. Here are four facts that will convince you it’s wise to invest in a more efficient system:
- SEER matters: SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is a standard efficiency rating for air conditioners, and indicates how much cool air the unit generates compared to how much electricity it consumes over a typical cooling season. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system is. And the more efficient you system is, the lower you overall cooling costs will be. Air conditioners with a SEER of 14 and higher can qualify for the Energy Star label, which exceeds efficiency requirements that the U.S. government has established.
- Higher lifetime savings are possible: As an Orlando resident, it is absolutely in your best interest to invest in a more expensive but higher efficiency air conditioner because of Florida’s climate. After all, you can plan on using your new air conditioner nine or ten months out of the year. Compared to models that are from the mid-1970s, today’s high-efficiency air conditioners use approximately 30 to 50 percent less energy to produce the same cooling breezes. And compared to a model that’s only a decade old, you can save approximately 20 to 40 percent on your cooling costs by upgrading.
- High-efficiency air conditioners increase home value: According to recent government studies, the average home increases in value by $6,900 just by having a high-efficiency air conditioner installed. Therefore, even if you’re planning to sell your home in the next few years, it’s still worth investing in high-efficiency air conditioners.
- Advanced features often are part of the package: Today’s newer high-efficiency air conditioners typically have several features that make them more user friendly and efficient, including that they operate more quietly than older models; may have a fan-only setting, so that you can use only the fan while you and your loved ones are asleep, conserving energy and money; and include a light that indicates when it’s time to check your air filters. When your air filters are clean and unclogged, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to push your cool air through them and maintain your desired temperature.
If you’re ready to make the investment in a system that can pay for itself through incentives and energy savings, please contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning in Orlando. We have proudly served the area for the last 42 years, equipping us with the knowledge and expertise required to answer all of your air-conditioning questions
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about high-efficiency air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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