Did you know that approximately one-quarter of the average Arizona home’s energy use goes toward heating and cooling? If your energy bills are higher than you would like, investing in a high-efficiency air conditioner could help. There are many options out there, so it’s helpful to do some research to find the one that’s best for you.
Here are some things to consider when purchasing a high-efficiency AC unit:
ENERGY STAR Certification
ENERGY STAR is a program that is in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Products that have been ENERGY STAR certified must meet government-set standards for energy savings. This benefits consumers by lowering energy costs while also helping to protect the environment and public health. In 2018, ENERGY STAR products saved 200 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity for consumers. This equates to $20 billion in savings and 150 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit measures the system’s ability to efficiently control your home’s temperature. Like the miles-per-gallon of a car, the SEER represents a maximum value and the actual operation may vary. A higher SEER indicates a more energy-efficient air conditioner. Most modern AC units have a SEER between 13 and 21 and ENERGY STAR certified units must have a SEER of 14.5 or more. To see how much money you could save with a high-SEER AC, you can use Lennox’s energy savings calculator.
Air Conditioner Brand
The brand you choose for your air conditioner can make a difference in how efficient it is. Lennox is committed to quality and is continually researching and implementing new HVAC technology. Their units are built to last and energy efficiency is a major focus for the company. Many of their units are ENERGY STAR certified or have a high SEER. Signature Heating and Cooling is an authorized Lennox dealer and can help you find the best system for your needs.
Do You Need a New AC for Better Energy Efficiency?
If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC but aren’t ready for a new AC unit yet, there are many steps you can take. For example, cleaning your filters and scheduling regular maintenance appointments can be beneficial. It’s also important to have professionals examine any issues with your AC so that they do not cause the system to work harder than it needs to.
Install a New High-Efficiency Unit
Signature Heating and Cooling can install a new energy-efficient HVAC system for your home or business. We can also fix any problems with your current unit or examine it to make sure it is running properly.