Are new air conditioners more energy efficient?
Energy efficiency is a big deal when it comes to saving money on your electric bill. When your air conditioner is running it consumes about 16% of your electricity, so you want it to be really energy efficient. If you want to find out if you have an energy efficient AC, you can normally rely on one of two numbers, SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency rating; and EER, or energy efficiency rating.
If you have an air conditioner that’s less than 10 years old, you probably have a pretty energy efficient AC. Most newer air conditioners are designed with energy efficiency in mind, with SEER ratings of 18 or more and EER ratings of 13 or more. They are generally more efficient than older models, saving consumers anywhere between 20% to 40% in cooling costs.
Energy efficient air conditioner brands
There are dozens of energy efficient in AC brands and models on the market today. With such a selection, you’ll want to know which ones are consistently top-rated when it comes to energy efficiency. The highest rated models tend to have a SEER of 18 or more and an EER of 13 or more.
Among the best-rated central energy efficient AC brands and models include:
- Rheem Prestige RA20, SEER 20.5, EER 13
- Lennox Signature Series XC25, SEER 26, EER 16.5
- Amana AVXC20, SEER 24.5, EER 14
- Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1, SEER 21, EER 15
- Maytag M1200 PSA1BG, SEER 20, EER 13.5
Energy efficient AC and heating units
Most of the leading brands produce both energy efficient AC and heating units. Heat pumps are some of the most efficient of heating units. While SEER numbers measure energy efficiency for both heating and air, if you choose a heat pump, you’ll also want to look at its Heating Season Performance Factor, or HSPF. For the best results, a heat pump with a SEER rating of at least 14.5 and an HSPF of at least 8.2 is best. When choosing an HVAC system, you’ll also want to make sure you choose one that is the right size for your property. If it is too small, no matter what its energy efficiency rating, it will use more energy to heat and cool your home. Too large of a system will also waste energy.
Gas furnaces are still popular for heating. While natural gas is efficient and generally safe, gas leaks can happen. If you do have a gas leak you’ll want to get gas line repair as soon as possible.
What is the best energy efficient portable air conditioner?
There are many types of air conditioners on the market today. It may not always be practical or cost effective to get a central air conditioner, and wall units only cool the room they are in. A portable air conditioner may be the perfect option as a supplemental source to cool your home. Most leading manufacturers produce portable units like the Honeywell MO08CESWK or the LG LP1215GXR that are highly energy efficient. These machines often feature smart technology and timers to regulate use. They also commonly serve as dehumidifiers and air purifiers that eliminate impurities and allergens. The average cost is around $300 to $400.
Energy efficient air conditioner vs. dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers and air conditioners are similar machines used to lower humidity in a room,but dehumidifiers tend to release warm air, whereas air conditioners release cool air. Some portable air conditioner units also serve as dehumidifiers.
Dehumidifiers dry the air out, while air conditioners remove the humidity. Dehumidifiers are often used by water damage restoration services to dry rooms after floods. While dehumidifiers use less electricity, they only cool rooms because they are drying up excess moisture in the air that makes a room feel sticky and stuffy. Using a dehumidifier in conjunction with an air conditioner will help improve the air conditioner’s energy efficiency.
How much is an energy efficient air conditioner?
When pricing an energy efficient ac, you’ll find that prices vary from brand to brand and from model to model. The price will also vary for the size of the unit you’re installing. On average, however, a top-quality air conditioner will run between $1,500 for a basic unit to almost $4,000 for the best units. The costs don’t include the cost of installation, which will vary depending on the HVAC contractor you choose. When you choose Premier Air LLC for your AC installation, you can expect quality services paired with affordable prices. Call us today at (912) 250-0049 to find out more about our installation services.
Does old AC consume more electricity?
Yes, old air conditioners tend to use more electricity as they age, largely because the compressor, as it ages takes more electricity to operate. The compressor’s efficiency tends to slow down after about 12 years. While the compressor can be replaced, older air conditioners, in general have lower energy efficiency ratings than newer models. If your AC has a SEER rating less than 14, it is an older less energy efficient AC, and is probably using up quite a bit of energy. You may want to replace this air conditioner.
How can I reduce my electric bill with AC?
Even if you have an energy efficient AC, in the heat of the summer, when it’s running constantly, you may wonder how you can save money with it. Surprisingly, there are ways to reduce energy consumption of AC systems and save money while doing so. Here are some energy saving tips:
- Set the AC thermostat at a higher setting (around 78 degrees ideally) and turn on some fans to help circulate the cooler air.
- Set the thermostat higher at night as well. In some cases, this may be impractical if the temperatures outside are still pretty high.
- Supplement your main AC with a portable or window unit, especially if you just want to cool one room at a time.
- Keep vent in cooler spaces like basements closed.
- Always maintain your system to ensure that it is running as efficiently as possible.
Energy efficiency is the key to savings with air conditioning. If you are in the market for an energy efficient AC in Savannah, GA, contact Premier Air LLC at (912) 250-0049 to learn more about our installation services.