Buying an AC unit is an adventure that can be challenging if you have no idea what you are doing. Aside from the fact that there are too many options to choose from, there are other factors that you have to consider if you want to find the best one for you and your family.
First off, you have to know the right horsepower of the AC unit you need. Its size should be proportionate to the size or floor area of the room where you are placing it. An AC’s horsepower is used to measure its cooling capacity. You have to have the right horsepower for the right room size to maximize its power. For example, if your room size is about 39 or 40 square meters, your AC should have 2.5 horsepower.
Other important things you should include in your list are:
- The AC model or type (window, central, or portable units).
- Features (smart functions, auto delay, fan only, or economy options).
Another essential factor that you must determine before buying an AC is the unit’s efficiency. While most high-efficiency air conditioners are more costly than regular ones, they actually help you cut down on costs and expenses. Choosing an energy-efficient unit is one of the best ways to save money on your AC.
The cost of choosing an energy-efficient AC shouldn’t be a concern for you because, in the long run, it’s going to help you save more. If you decide to install a standard air conditioner, you’re bound to spend a lot of money on repairs and maintenance.
If you add up the expenses incurred over time, you’ll probably have spent more than the amount you bought the unit for. Most of all, you will have to pay more for your energy bills because your AC unit uses up a lot of energy.
What is a High-Efficiency AC Unit?
AC units’ maximum efficiency is measured by a rating system known as the SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Every unit indicates its SEER rating through a yellow sticker placed outside the AC. Typical SEER ratings vary from 13 to 21, with 13 being the minimum and 16-21 being the high-efficiency rates. The rating specifications may vary from state to state, though.
How to Determine If You Need a High-Efficiency AC Unit
High-efficiency units can help you save; this has been proven time and again by hundreds – maybe even thousands – of homeowners. However, other people may find it difficult to determine if they need an energy-efficient unit because they don’t know how to look at the signs or simply do not care.
If you do not know the signs, here’s a list of what to take note of:
- Extremely and consistently high cooling or energy bills (especially in the summertime)
- You bring your AC to the repair shop frequently
- Your AC does not fully cool your room, even at maximum temperature
Once your AC starts exhibiting any of the signs above, get in touch with your AC specialist and ask for help finding a more efficient AC.
Benefits of High-Efficiency AC Units
Once you decide to invest in high-efficiency air conditioning, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:
- Lesser utility bills
As mentioned earlier, high-efficiency AC units help lower energy costs in your home. Energy bills comprise around 50% of your household expenses, so even a slight decrease will be a big help. In some cases, they can even cut down energy costs by at least 1/3.
High-efficiency air conditioning units are easier (and cheaper) to manage. You’ll see your savings slowly increase over time. It won’t be an overnight thing, but you’ll see (and feel) the difference.
- Longer life
Using an energy-efficient AC is one way of choosing quality over aesthetics. Not all high-efficiency AC units look good, but they’re all equally durable and have a longer lifespan than standard units. Wear and tear is lesser, so you’ll enjoy the value of your AC for years.
- Lesser repairs
An AC with high levels of efficiency does not have to work doubly hard to make your room or home cool and comfortable. Your unit will not only perform better than the conventional ACs, but it will also be in good (even excellent) condition over the years. A highly efficient unit also means you won’t have to worry about performance issues and constant repairs and maintenance. In the long run, this will increase your savings.
- Environmentally friendly
Lesser energy use means lesser greenhouse gas emissions. Lesser electricity use means lesser fossil fuels used.
- Incentives and rebates for you
Some states and governments offer incentives and rebates to homeowners who use energy-efficient air conditioners. You can ask your AC or HVAC specialist about what programs or rewards are available in your area. You may also inquire from state authorities or do a little research.
In Florida, for example, rebates are given to homeowners or residents whose air conditioning unit has a 15 SEER rating or higher.
Incentives and rebates can help you save on energy or utility costs.
- A more comfortable home
High-efficiency AC units will make your home more comfortable, convenient, and sanitary. You’ll want to spend most of your time indoors instead of going out, and your home will be a haven for rest and relaxation.
Switching to or choosing to go with a high-efficiency AC unit is the best investment that you can make for your home today. Ask your AC or HVAC specialist for suggestions and recommendations.
About the Author
Rachel Watson is the Senior Content Editor of New AC Unit. Aside from heading the company’s content marketing strategies, she writes articles about how to stay fit and energy-efficient home living.
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