Why switching to a high-efficiency air conditioner is a good idea
Are you feeling the heat? Summer can really hit us where it hurts – our wallets. That’s why it’s important to do all you can to save money on utilities. After all, you want all of your extra cash going towards fun summer activities, not the utility companies.
Not surprisingly, heating and cooling equipment during the peak seasons are going to comprise the majority of your utility bill expenses – sometimes 60% or more! That’s why it’s so important that you do things to make sure your air conditioner or heat pump is running at peak efficiency during the summer.
The best thing you can do for your current cooling system is scheduling preventative maintenance in the spring. But, as we are into July already, that isn’t an option. If utility bill expenses seem high, you can always have a contractor come out and make sure your existing equipment is running as efficiently as possible. But, if your air conditioner is reaching the 10-year mark or beyond, it’s probably time to start looking into a replacement. Old models had to meet lower efficiency standards than even standard-efficiency equipment manufactured today, AND they may suffer from reduced efficiency due to years of operation.
Your best bet when replacing an old air conditioner is to invest in a high-efficiency model. This is going to give you the biggest return on your utility bills. Systems today go into the 20-SEER range. The system you have in your home today may be rated at 10 SEER or lower.
Not only can high-efficiency air conditioners reduce the amount you spend on cooling during the summer, but they also come with additional features that can improve home comfort. These features include: reduced noise levels, more even temperatures and multiple stages of operation. Plus, they are compatible with programmable thermostats and zoning systems that can help you save even more during the summer.
Yes, a high-efficiency air conditioner is going to cost more upfront. But, at the end of the month, it’s an investment that you won’t regret making.
If you want to reduce utility bills, make sure you get in touch with your local HVAC contractor – no DIY here!
If you’ve had a high-efficiency air conditioner installed in your home, have you seen the benefits?