If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, your focus should be on upgrading to an energy-efficient unit. A few years ago homeowners were happy to purchase the biggest A/C they could afford from a manufacturer they trusted, but that’s no longer enough. These days much more goes into upgrading your A/C.
Here are some of the features and benefits of high-efficiency air conditioning:
- Lower lifetime costs – Rather than looking at the price tag and basing your decision on that amount, you should ask about the lifetime costs of the equipment. Upgrading your A/C to a high-efficiency model will cost you more initially, but you’ll end up saving significant amounts on your utility bills every month.
- Longer-lasting equipment – You should eliminate any products that are not Energy Star-approved from your consideration. Not only do these products meet certain efficiency standards, they also meet quality standards that ensure they are well-made and will provide reliable service as long as they’re installed and maintained properly.
- More comfortable air – High-efficiency air conditioners offer features such as advanced sensors, a fan-only mode for air circulation when the compressor’s not operating, and a variable-speed blower motor. This latter feature allows the A/C to operate at lower speeds most of the time, which saves energy and does a better job of humidity control. When you can control the humidity in your home, you and your family will be more comfortable.
- Healthier air – High-efficiency air conditioning, if coupled with an efficient air filter and proper duct design and maintenance, will provide cleaner indoor air. This is partly because with a variable-speed blower, the equipment is operating more continuously, allowing air to recirculate much more often than if the A/C were cycling on and off all the time.
If you’d like to know more about the benefits of new high-efficiency air conditioners, contact Ernst Heating & Cooling. With more than 60 years of service to the Metro-East area, we have the expertise to help you get the most from your investment.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about upgrading your A/C and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.