When purchasing a new air conditioner for your home, you should know that today’s best air conditioners use 30%-50% less energy than those units used in the early 1990s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may be able to save up to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer and more efficient model.
Our comfort specialists can perform a load calculation to ensure the system you buy is properly sized to maximize efficiency and optimize your comfort level.
An air conditioner’s efficiency, performance, durability, and initial cost depend on matching its size to the following factors:
1. The size of your home and the number of windows it has
2. The amount of shade on your home’s windows, walls, and roof
3. How much insulation is in the ceilings and walls of your home
4. The amount of air that leaks into your home from outside
5. The amount of heat the appliances and occupants in your home generate
Know that a larger air conditioner will not provide the best cooling. Buying an over sized air conditioner will only serve the following consequences: It costs more to buy a larger air conditioner. The larger-than-necessary air conditioner will cycle on and off more frequently, which will reduce its efficiency. Frequent cycling makes indoor temperatures fluctuate and results in a less than comfortable environment. Frequent cycling also reduces moisture removal. This cycling wears out the electrical parts and compressor more rapidly. A larger air conditioner will use more electricity, which cost you more money.
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