02 May 3 Factors to Consider When Looking for Air Conditioning Efficiency
The efficiency of an air conditioner is how well it converts its power source (electricity) into cooling. An efficient air conditioner will draw a small amount of electricity to effectively run its compressor—the heart of the system—and provide the cooling power you need to stay comfortable. An air conditioner with low efficiency, or one that has lost its efficiency due to a serious malfunction or lack of maintenance, will require more electricity to do the same job, and that will cost you more money each month on your electrical bills.
Air conditioning efficiency continues to climb over the years with new technological developments. You have better options today for money-saving AC’s than ever before. However, when searching for efficiency for a new air conditioning installation in Nashville, TN, there are a few factors to consider. Here are three, courtesy of our AC specialists at Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing:
1. SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating)
This is the measure of a system’s efficiency and the first statistic you should look at when shopping for an air conditioner with high efficiency. SEER is a ratio between the cooling power provided (in BTUs) to the energy used (in watt-hours) as determined over a season. The higher the number, the more efficient the system. To earn the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR label, an air conditioner must have at least 14 SEER. High efficiency models can have up to 22 SEER. Make yourself familiar with the SEER of various models.
2. Higher efficiency comes at a cost
The higher the SEER of an air conditioner, the more the system will (usually) cost to install in the first place. To make sure that you receive your money’s worth from the new installation, calculate your savings from SEER against the cost of the unit to determine the payback period. A professional installer in Nashville, TN can help you determine this and if installing the system is a wise investment.
3. Efficiency isn’t everything—especially comfort
Keep in mind that just because a system has a high SEER does not mean it will keep you comfortable. Efficiency is how well an AC uses energy, not how much cooling it delivers. If you install an air conditioner with incredible energy efficiency, but insufficient power, then the efficiency will mean very little because you will feel uncomfortable. Remember: efficiency is important, but it isn’t the only factor in making the choice for a new system.
It is also good to know that scheduling regular maintenance on your AC unit can also help it in maximizing energy usage over its useful life. For proper air conditioning installation in Nashville, TN, look to experts like those at Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing.
Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing will help you select the unit with the balance of efficiency, performance, and cost that will fit your Nashville, TN home and make your summers cool and your utility bills pleasant.