Upgrading Your Air Conditioner

Upgrading your home air conditioner may sometimes be necessary

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What to know when upgrading your home air conditioner

Whether your current air conditioning unit is wobbling on its last leg or you’re seeking to reduce your energy bill by installing a more modern and efficient unit, keeping a few key points in mind when upgrading your air conditioning system will ensure you make an informed decision that’s right for you, your family, and your budget.

SEER rating

The SEER rating measures energy efficiency – the higher the number, the more efficient the unit. Federal law mandates that newly manufactured air conditioners have a SEER rating of at least 13. Since better efficiency also means a higher cost you will need to balance your budget against the length of time you will want to run the unit per year and the investment that you want to make in your house.

Variable air speed blowers

Older air handling systems only have two speeds at which to move air through your house: on and off. Variable speed blowers can give you increased energy efficiency by allowing for reduced power consumption when only minimal air movement is needed.

Programmable thermostats

A great way to both save on your energy bill and ensure that your house is always right at the temperature you want it is to invest in a programmable thermostat. With the ability to determine what temperature you want your home to be at any hour or day of the week, you can ensure that you’re not cooling an empty house. By tailoring your energy uses specifically to your needs, a programmable unit will pay for itself in no time.

Air Conditioners today can give you nearly 50 percent increased efficiency over models made just over a decade ago. If you want to make an investment in your home that will reap benefits for years to come, keeping these few tips in mind will allow you the peace of mind to know that you’re making an informed choice in the units that’s right for you.

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