For homeowners looking for maximum energy savings, a high-efficiency air conditioner can take a big bite out of the electric bill. With advancements in technology, high-efficiency ACs can keep homes cooler using significantly less energy than lower efficiency units. Although high-efficiency ACs have a higher upfront cost, they offer more significant energy savings yielding a higher return on investment.
What is a Good SEER Rating?
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER measures the amount of energy an air conditioner or heat pump consumes, generating cooling output during a typical cooling season. The U.S. Department of Energy developed the SEER standard to help consumers compare the energy efficiency of air conditioning systems. Air conditioning systems in Florida and throughout the Southeast are required to meet a minimum 14 SEER standard, a 40% increase in energy efficiency than the 10 SEER standard for ACs installed before 2006. The higher the SEER, the greater the energy efficiency and the greater the energy savings. High-efficiency ACs range from 18 SEER and up.
How High-Efficiency ACs Work
High-efficiency ACs feature technology such as multi-stage compressors and variable speed blower fans that prevent the frequent on-off cycling that is standard on less energy-efficient units that drive up electric bills. High-efficiency air conditioners keep indoor spaces cooler with lower utility costs than ACs with lower SEER ratings.
Less efficient air conditioners continuously cycle on and off to maintain the desired temperature. Frequent cycling contributes to higher energy bills. On the other hand, high-efficiency air conditioners have a multi-stage compressor that automatically reduces the power and refrigerant flow, maintaining a consistent room temperature while
consuming less energy.
Variable-Speed Blower Fan
High-efficiency HVAC systems also feature a variable-speed blower fan which automatically adjusts the fan speed regulating the amount of air forced through the ducts to maintain optimum comfort levels. So, when the desired indoor temperature is reached, the multi-stage compressor and variable-speed blower fan work together, reducing output to maintain an even distribution of cool air, keeping indoor spaces more comfortable and operating with less noise.
Benefits of Installing a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner
High-efficiency air conditioners offer many benefits, including lower energy bills, fewer repairs, and a more comfortable indoor environment.
Higher Energy Savings:
High-efficiency air conditioners are less costly to operate and provide the most energy savings. For example, a 20 SEER air conditioner is 42% more energy-efficient than a 14 SEER AC, which means the AC can lower utility bills.
High-efficiency air conditioners are more efficient in maintaining the desired indoor temperature without the uneven hot and cool spots typical of less efficient systems. They are less noisy too.
High-efficiency ACs are high-performance systems built for continuous cooling and don’t have the stress and wear and tear common with standard air conditioner systems that cycle on and off throughout the day.
Since many factors can impact AC performance, it is best to consult a cooling system professional like Florida Air Express to help determine which high-efficiency ACs will provide the maximum energy efficiency and savings for your home or business.