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Should I Install an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner?

Posted on: February 28, 2017

You’ve surely heard a lot in recent years about making your home more energy-efficient, but did you know you can save significant amounts of money by switching out your air conditioner? Cooling season is upon us in the East Bay, so now is a great time to consider replacing your current central air conditioner with a more energy-efficient model.

Keep reading below to learn why you might want to install a high-efficiency air conditioner in your East Bay area home this spring!

Benefits of Installing a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner

  • Lower energy bills: If you have an older air conditioner, it likely isn’t very energy-efficient. Upgrading to a newer model will help lower your energy bills because your unit will use less energy to cool your home!
  • Fewer greenhouse gas emissions: Since high-efficiency air conditioners use less energy to do the same job as less efficient models, your AC unit will emit fewer greenhouse gases. This is, of course, better for the environment.
  • Less noise: High-efficiency models, like those in the Carrier Infinity Series, are much quieter than older, bulkier models.

These are just some of the benefits of installing a more energy-efficient air conditioner in your home. Contact an HVAC professional for more details!

A Note on SEER Ratings

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios, or SEER Ratings, measure an HVAC unit’s cooling output in a typical cooling season divided by the total energy output. In other words, it measures how much energy it takes to cool a home—the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient it is. In the State of California, packaged air conditioners must have a minimum rating of 14. Older models often have ratings of 6 or less, meaning that upgrading to a standard, modern air conditioner will improve your energy efficiency greatly. It typically costs more up front to purchase an air conditioner with a very high SEER rating (above 16), so it depends on your family’s needs and your budget whether it makes sense to by a high-efficiency model.

Still Have Questions about Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners?

There’s no doubt that upgrading from an older AC unit to a modern one will lower your energy bills and improve your home comfort, but deciding exactly what model to purchase can seem like a daunting task. Call the experts at Moore Mechanical and we’ll help you sort through all the information out there about energy-efficient air conditioners and decide what’s best for your family. We’ve been proud to serve our friends and neighbors since 1985, and we’ll continue to serve the East Bay’s heating and cooling needs for years to come. Contact us today!

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