Why a High-Efficiency AC System is Beneficial
Summer is fast approaching here in Rhode Island, and already, the temperatures can be unbearable. If you are thinking of upgrading your central air conditioner, or just to lower your AC bill and help the environment at the same time, looking into a high-efficiency AC is an investment that may benefit you.
Every appliance, as we move into a world that’s more concerned with energy consumption, is competing to be as energy efficient as possible, delivering you quality performance while using as little energy as possible to do so. Here are a few reasons why a high-efficiency AC can benefit you.
Lower Electric Bills
The first one is a no-brainer, but it is worth nothing. Over half of your summer electric bill is probably dedicated to running your air conditioner, especially in peak temperatures. Running your AC every now and then won’t bring up the bill that much, but when you need to run for hours during hot days, it can really add up.
Installing an energy-saving central air conditioner can lower the electric bill while keeping you cool as the sweltering sun rages on.
The sound of a fan can be calming, but older units with loud compressors go beyond that white noise and can be just plain racketing. Newer models tend to be quieter (both the outside compressor and indoor air handler), giving you cooling power without keeping you up at night.
Air Flow is Improved
Better air flow means cleaner air, and less chance of you getting mold or mildew in your home. Newer units typically have modern blower designs with air flow that is vastly superior to older models. So if your AC’s air flow isn’t what it used to be, get a better one.
Because they are designed more efficiently, newer units typically require fewer repairs than older units do, saving you money. Of course, make sure to maintain your AC on an annual basis. Even newer technology needs maintenance to last.
A Better Environmental Impact
You don’t have to be a hardcore environmentalist to appreciate a greener appliance. Most newer units do less damage on the environment and don’t use older refrigerant such as Freon.
A Better Resale Value
Looking to sell your home soon? Getting a new AC may be worth it still. By installing new appliances, your home’s value increases, and it may be easier for you to sell your home when the time comes. In a time when it’s hard to sell your home, getting a new AC may be an investment that’s worth the price.
Should You Do it?
Now that you know the benefits of high efficiency air conditioning, is it right for you? A new unit can cost money, but it’ll pay for itself in the long run. If your unit is more than 20 years old, it makes a lot of sense. By then, you should be considering upgrading your other appliances to energy-efficient models no matter what they are.
If it’s newer than that, maintain it regularly, and talk to a professional if the electric bills seem a little high for comfort.