Whether you simply want to upgrade to a more efficient system, or if you are forced to replace your old air conditioner, the variety of choices on the market can be intimidating. Fortunately, there are a few types of air conditioners that are more efficient than others, which should be a big factor in your final decision. The more efficient the air conditioner, the more money you will save in the long run. Here are a few things you should be looking for when choosing an efficient air conditioner:
High SEER Rating
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, is a good rating to research when looking for an efficient air conditioner. Regulated by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, the SEER rating is the industry standard for measuring HVAC efficiency. It’s calculated by dividing the cooling output by the total electric energy input. Of course, you want your air conditioner to cool more while using less energy. Therefore, the higher the SEER rating, the better the overall performance of your AC system.
Solar Panel Integration
Some of the newest air conditioning designs use solar panels for optimum energy savings and efficiency. After all, who wouldn’t want to use the actual heat energy from the sun to power the air conditioning? While this is not a must-have for those relying on the electrical power grid, if you’re considering supplementing your home energy supply with solar, you can see even more energy savings if your heating and cooling systems are able to use solar energy, too.
Inverter or Variable Speed Compressor
Some of the most efficient air conditioners on the market use what’s known as an inverter compressor, also called a variable speed compressor. Typically, the compressor is the part of the AC unit that uses the most energy. By designing a more efficient compressor, the overall cooling system performs better. Not only are inverter compressors known for reducing energy use, they also help maintain more consistent indoor temperatures.
Even if the system you want does not have an inverter compressor, you shouldn’t necessarily rule it out. Call a professional to help talk you through the pros and cons of different types of compressors.
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