Posted: August 8, 2022 by Hey Neighbor
Given that energy costs are rising across the United States, we're all looking for ways to reduce our monthly energy bills. In some areas, electricity rates have increased by over 15% in the last year alone. Here's one way to save: the most effective air conditioners consume far less energy than the least efficient models, resulting in significant monthly savings.
You can use a variety of strategies to increase the efficiency of your central air conditioning system, from simple adjustments to make your home a more comfortable place, to investing in high-efficiency equipment when it's time for a total system replacement. All the answers you need to begin living a more efficient and comfortable life immediately are available to you right here in our blog. Let's look at each one in depth.
You may have heard of SEER but don't know what it means in regard to your air conditioning. It's short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Basically, it's a measure of an AC unit's energy efficiency when converting input energy into cooling performance. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the AC operates.
Currently, the minimum SEER on cooling systems allowed by law is 13. However, units are produced with ratings much higher than 13 as well, offering enhanced efficiency. Therefore, checking the SEER value of an air conditioning system is a crucial step when considering a system replacement.
When upgrading to a new air conditioner, look for one with the best SEER value your budget can bear. Spending a little more on the most energy-efficient air conditioning system you can afford now will help you enjoy tremendous energy savings over your HVAC system's lifespan.
The efficiency of your air conditioner is strongly influenced by the temperature programmed into your thermostat. The larger the temperature differential inside your home versus the outside world, the more taxing it'll be on your air conditioner. Put another way, the hotter it is outside and the cooler you want it inside, the more energy your AC will use.
Setting your cooling system around 76-78 degrees is a good compromise between comfort and efficiency. Avoid lowering your thermostat below 72 for lengthy periods, and never try to cool your home rapidly by setting the thermostat much lower. Doing this will overwork your air conditioner, resulting in higher cooling costs and potentially causing a breakdown.
To achieve even greater efficiency, set the temperature lower when you're at home and higher when you're away - but not too high! This provides significant energy savings without working your AC too hard when you return home again.
If your ducts are filthy, clogged, or in poor repair, your air conditioning system won't be able to distribute that nice, cooled air effectively and will lose efficiency. Aside from being mindful about air conditioning maintenance, it's wise to have your ducts inspected once a year and cleaned as needed. This approach will allow you to get the most out of your air conditioner for better circulation and temperature consistency.
If your AC isn't able to "breathe" easily, your air handler will have to work hard, which consumes a lot of power. Poor airflow can have a variety of causes, including the ductwork issues we mentioned above, a filthy air filter, a problem with your condenser unit, and more.
A best practice is to clean or change your air filters monthly, keep the area clear around your outside condenser unit, and have your AC system examined by our certified experts to keep your energy bills low and avoid airflow problems.
When dirt builds up on your system's evaporator coil, it stops the unit from effectively transferring heat. This makes removing heat from your home difficult, if not impossible, for your central AC and will waste a great deal of energy. Instead, keep your coils clean with our seasonal Preventative Maintenance Program, which has benefits that go far beyond saving energy.
Generally speaking, while the cheapest HVAC air filters will get the job done, they're not ideal. Upgrading to a high-efficiency air filter helps your system achieve maximum efficiency by doing a better job of keeping airflow open, helping minimize dust build-up at the same time. However, they're often more expensive, so plan your budget accordingly.
Your air conditioner, like any other machine, needs periodic care to continue running effectively in the long run. Small problems can become big headaches if they aren't addressed, and the efficiency of your system may plummet. So, mark it on your calendar each year - schedule a professional AC tune-up! Your family and your monthly energy bills will thank you for it.
Do you want superior air conditioner performance while also conserving energy? The air conditioning specialists at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling are professionally trained and perform a wide array of HVAC maintenance services to homeowners across Northeast Ohio each year. Request service online or give us a call today!
We're committed to providing fast friendly emergency service 24 hours a day 7 days a week for residential heating and air conditioning systems in Wooster, Millersburg and the surrounding areas.
Our 24-hour emergency on-call service means you'll never have to go through another cold winter night or a hot, humid summer day. We service residents of Wayne and Holmes counties with no after-hours or overtime fees, so you'll never have to worry about paying extra because your furnace or air conditioner decided it wanted to quit on the weekend or a holiday!
Our service trucks are ready for your emergency after-hours service call with over 5000 stocked parts so you don't have to wait for us to chase down the parts you need.
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We'll keep your Wayne County furnace running smoothly, and we service gas and electric heaters, heat pumps, ductless mini-split systems and more. Our local, licensed, friendly HVAC technicians drive fully-stocked service vans so when we troubleshoot your Holmes County HVAC system and find a faulty part, we can replace it right then! Whatever you need in the area of heating and cooling repair in Wooster, Millersburg, and the surrounding areas, we've got you covered!
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Whether you're a homeowner in Rittman who's in the market for a new, high-efficiency furnace, a mobile home owner in Shreve who's tired of baking in the summertime or you're a property manager in Dalton looking to replace old, temperamental air conditioning systems in apartments with new reliable units, our experience enables us to quickly and accurately assess your HVAC needs. You'll get the new furnace install and central air conditioning upgrade that's right for you.
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While we don't mind visiting your home for a dead-of-winter breakdown (it's what we do), we want to help you avoid that unfortunate situation altogether. That's why we offer affordable Wayne and Holmes County seasonal HVAC maintenance to reduce the future need for heating and cooling repairs. Our thorough inspections catch little problems before they become big ones. An annual HVAC tune-up by one of our expert techs saves you money, time, and stress!
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