Having a reliable air conditioning during summer time is very critical for homeowners. Specially with rising Hydro costs, it is crucial to have a high efficiency air conditioning system. Considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it is imperative that you replace your older units.
Today’s best air conditioning systems use almost 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made 30 years ago. You may save 20%–40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing even a 10 years old unit. Today’s cooling systems with newer technology are far more efficient and have a lot less carbon footprint on our planet.
Not all air conditioners are created equally. Some models use far more energy than others depending on their seasonal energy efficiency (SEER) rating. When buying a central air conditioning system, look for a model with a high efficiency. These units are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Many older systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less. The minimum SEER allowed today is 13.
Combined with a variable-speed or two-speed furnace compressor can permit SEER Ratings as high as 25.0. Basically the higher the SEER rating is the lower your utility cost will be. Installing an Energy Star qualified central air conditioning can deliver substantial energy savings. Plus it increases household comfort by removing the humidity and reduce pollution to protect the environment.