The energy-efficient air conditioner you installed in the 1990s probably wouldn’t be considered energy-efficient today. Advancements in technology and higher standards for energy savings have improved the performance of air conditioning systems exponentially in the past two decades.
How Low Can You Go?
The energy efficiency of air conditioners is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating system.
SEER can be explained this way:
SEER = (Total cooling output over a cooling season) / (Total energy output over a cooling season)
The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the air conditioner is. But the air conditioner that’s right for your home won’t always be the one with the highest SEER rating. The size and age of your home, how it is sited, and more, need to be factored into the decision.
In order to be ENERGY STAR® qualified, an air conditioner must have a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher. At Moore Mechanical, we install Carrier air conditioners, which have SEER ratings from 13 to 21.
Energy-Efficient AC Advantages
We always recommend to our clients that they get the most energy-efficient air conditioner they can afford. Why? Installing an energy-efficient air conditioner has several advantages.
- Superior performance – The more energy-efficient your AC system is, the more advanced its features are. Some energy-efficient Carrier air conditioners are equipped with variable-speed compressors that can run at as low as 25% capacity—while keeping your home perfectly comfortable.
- Longer life span – Because of their increased efficiencies, energy-efficient air conditiiners cycle on and off less frequently and tend to have less wear and tear over time. And because they perform so well, they don’t need to be replaced as soon or as often as less efficient systems.
- Lower energy bills – The more energy-efficient your air conditioner is, the more you’ll save in energy costs over the life of the system. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a new, high-efficiency air conditioner can reduce the energy you use for cooling your home up to 20-50%.
- Environmentally-friendly refrigerant – Air conditioners manufactured after 2010 no longer use ozone-damaging refrigerant. Instead, they are equipped with R410a, which is safer for the environment.
Carrier Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners
Carrier’s air conditioners are available in three series.
- Carrier Infinity® Series Air Conditioners. The quietest, most efficient Carrier air conditioners are part of the Infinity® series, with SEER ratings ranging from 16 to 21.
- Carrier Performance™ Series Air Conditioners. Carrier’s Performance™ series boasts dependable air conditioners in trim sizes that perform like champs, with SEER ratings from 13 to 17.
- Carrier Comfort™ Series Air Conditioners. The Comfort™ Series features Carrier’s most economical air conditioners, with SEER ratings from 13 to 16.
Learn More About Energy-Efficient Home Comfort
To learn more about energy use and find the right energy-efficient air conditioner for your home, call Moore Mechanical at 925-307-6479 or contact us online!