Air conditioning installation and replacement isn’t something we think about all the time, but when you do, why not call the best in the Vancouver WA area?
Central air conditioners are more efficient than window units. In addition, they are out of the way, quiet, and convenient to operate. To save energy and money, you should try to buy an energy-efficient air conditioner and reduce your home air conditioning unit’s energy use.
In an average air-conditioned home, the unit consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, causing power plants to emit about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide.
If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.
Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as ones made in the mid 1970’s. Even if your home air conditioning unit is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.
Proper sizing and installation are key elements in determining air conditioner efficiency. A unit that’s too large will not adequately remove humidity. One that is too small will not be able to attain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish efficiency.
When buying an office or home air conditioning unit, look for a model with a high efficiency. Central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output.
Many older systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less. The minimum SEER allowed today is 13. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label for central air conditioners with SEER ratings of 13 or greater, but consider using equipment with higher SEER ratings for greater savings.
Apex Air’s Office or Home Air Conditioners Sales & Installation team can help you select the perfect unit for your space and your budget.
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