Why you should get a high efficiency AC unit for your home
For many homeowners, the decision to either upgrade their current central air conditioner or to replace it with a high-efficiency AC unit can be an intimidating one. However, our article below covers several factors to consider that may help homeowners and/or buyers make a better choice about their current or future air conditioning system.
For starters, homeowners need to decide whether they need to repair their old air conditioner, upgrade it or simply replace it entirely with a newer energy-efficient model.
The savings in energy consumption when comparing older models and newer ones translates into dollar savings as well. Many of today’s air conditioners consume about 30% to 50% less energy than air conditioners built during the 1970’s. Even an air conditioner built just 10 years ago will cost an owner 20% to 40% more in energy than today’s better energy saving air conditioner units. Over time, an energy-efficient system results in savings that make it a worthwhile investment for a homeowner–even if it cost more when first bought.
A homeowner deciding on an energy-efficient system needs to consider the new system’s SEER rating; in other words, the relative energy needed to give a certain cooling output. With older models sometimes having a SEER rating of less than 6, buyers need to focus on an ENERGY STAR® labeled unit with a rating of 13 or more for greater energy savings.
However, a SEER rating is not the only important factor concerning energy-efficient systems. The system’s size and the place of installation are vitally important as well. Too small or large a system will impede adequate air cooling. Improper installation, poor insulation or inadequate duct work also contribute to a less efficient air conditioning system.
Moreover, other factors come into play and sometimes only a fully certified, bonded and expert HVAC company knows what is in a homeowner’s best interest. The grill/motor mount is one factor–its placement helps protect the unit from the elements and lessens the unit’s vibration. Likewise, the finish and durability of the condenser cabinet are vitally important in protecting the unit from harsh weather. Another vital factor is the noise level emitted by an energy-efficient machine. This is something that only a reputable HVAC contractor would know from experience.
Consequently, by carefully researching and word-of-mouth recommendations, a buyer can level the playing field in making the best investment decision for their home.
Looking to upgrade the AC unit in your La Grange, IL home? Call Allan E. Power Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at (708) 352-1670 and schedule a service call with one of our experts today!