Buyer’s Guide to Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners

Posted On: May 22, 2017

If the time has come for you to replace your air conditioner in your South Ogden area home, you need to choose the right system. If your goal is to increase comfort while also lowering your energy bills, then you need to consider an energy-efficient model. Here’s what you need to know to make an informed buying decision when shopping for an energy-efficient system.

Know the Ratings

First, you need to understand how air conditioner efficiency is rated. Air conditioner efficiency is given a number known as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, which indicates how much cooling the system expels for each unit of energy it consumes. In general, the higher the SEER, the more efficient the system. Today’s minimum SEER is 13, and if your system is 10 or more years old it’s probably significantly lower than this. Look for a rating above 13 to ensure you’re getting an energy efficient option.

Understand Energy Star Certification

In addition to the SEER, you can look for ENERGY STAR® certification on an air conditioner to ensure it’s efficient. An ENERGY STAR® certified air conditioner uses eight-percent less energy than a conventional model. Because technology’s constantly changing and making systems increasingly efficient, going by SEER alone can be confusing, but choosing an ENERGY STAR® labeled unit ensures you’re getting one of the most efficient systems.

Embrace Proper Sizing

One aspect of efficiency that you can’t read on a label is the sizing of the system. Choosing a system that’s properly sized for your property is the key to ensuring that you aren’t spending too much on your energy bills. If the system’s too large, you’ll spend more to run it than is necessary. If it’s too small, it will run continuously without properly cooling your home. This is where a qualified HVAC technician is critical. Working with a trained and licensed HVAC technician ensures you’re investing in a system that will meet your goals for both comfort and efficiency.

Understand the Cost and Potential Savings

As you start shopping for energy-efficient air conditioning systems, you’re going to notice that they have a higher cost than traditional models. This can deter some buyers from choosing the energy-efficient models, but before you opt for a less efficient option, consider the savings. While you have a higher upfront cost with an energy-efficient option, you will have lower energy bills for the 10 to 15 years that you use the system. Over time, the savings will offset the higher initial cost.

Choose Mountain Air for Your HVAC Installation

Finally, make sure you’re using the right installer. In order for a system to be as efficient as possible, it has to be installed professionally by a technician with an eye for detail. At Mountain Air Conditioning, we have a team of HVAC contractors who are fully trained and licensed, and who are committed to providing exceptional service at every installation we perform. If you’re looking to have a newer, more energy-efficient HVAC system installed in your Ogden home, trust Mountain Air to do the job right—contact us today!