If you’ve experienced summertime in Texas, you are aware that air conditioning is a non-negotiable household necessity. Moreover, Texas is hotter than most states year-round, making respite from the soaring temperatures dependent on a great AC unit. One of the dominant changes in air conditioning designs over the past several years has been the prioritization of energy efficiency and for good reason. The average household spends approximately $2000 on energy bills annually. It is estimated that nearly half of this bill goes towards HVAC systems. Tracing the facts, it is shown that energy-efficient units with a SEER score (more on that later) of at least 13 will save you from superfluous energy costs, poor unit performance, and extra repair bills.
First, what is a SEER score?
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures the cooling output during a prime season divided by the total electric energy input during that time frame. Basically, it rates how well an AC unit saves energy, and by extension money, both in the long and short-haul. The higher the score, the more efficient the unit. The majority of households benefit tremendously with a score between 13 and 17. A score of 13 or 14 is enough to save you considerable costs over time. Units with an Energy Star certification are guaranteed to decrease the costs of monthly energy bills in your home.
Energy Efficient units offer a new standard in precision. Many units now provide programmable thermostats, allowing users to adjust temperatures based on when they are home or out. This can often be done through smartphones and apps, so you can rest assured your home will be an oasis when you walk through the door, and a money saver when you are away. This decreases costs as cooling is not wasted on an absent household. In addition, faulty thermostats are often the catalyst to AC unit either working too hard or not enough. The new units leave a much smaller margin for error, matched by a smaller energy bill.
Peace and Quiet
Have you ever spent the night in an old room or hotel, with an outdated AC unit waking you up every couple of hours? One of the new features of energy-efficient AC units is that they are streamlined to take up less room, fit in with most home layouts and perform quietly. The sign of a great AC unit is that, apart from the cooling benefits, you don’t even notice it’s there.
New energy-efficient units provide maximum control. This means the user can exclude unused rooms from their air conditioning usage. While the rooms you select will receive cooling benefits, unnecessary energy usage on an untouched bedroom or bathroom is becoming a thing of the past. Your wallet will thank you.
Due to the ever-increasing cost of energy usage in the United States, as well as the benefits of conservation, the government is beginning to support energy efficiency efforts through tax rebates. Keep in mind while shopping for an updated unit that based on installation and unit size, you may be eligible for a rebate.
The benefits of energy-efficient air conditioning extend not only to households but the environment as well. Many harmful emissions from old units have been resolved with newer units. So, while your energy bill and degree of comfort are improved, the negative impact on surrounding nature is decreased.
Prior to 2015, the standards for energy usage with less refined. Units also ended up lasting an average of 10-13 years. Today’s units now use 20-40% less energy and last between 15 and 20 years. Buyers now spend less on energy bills with units which have an extended lifespan.
Let’s review: Exactitude, tax rebates, planet conservation, smart-home capabilities, maximum control, quiet output, and longevity are some of the leading benefits of energy-efficient air conditioning. The focus is geared towards saving energy and money with improved performance. Cool huh?