Whether you purchase units with energy-saving technologies or improve home energy efficiency, here are 7 ways to make your air conditioners more Eco-friendly.
Some eco-friendly air conditioners units achieve optimum energy efficiency by using one source of energy for cooling and another for heating. Customizing each component of the system from the thermostat to the indoors coils. This creates systems based on a home’s individual heating and cooling needs
1. Size Matters
An undersized air conditioner will not only fail to keep the home cool but will work hard trying. This wastes electricity and runs up the household’s energy bills. This also adds extra stress to the components which lead to premature issues.
An undersized unit won’t be able to balance the air cooled in the unit’s condenser with the humid, expended air that the evaporator draws out from the home.
Look for High SEER or ENERGY STAR® Labeling
The significance and importance of the SEER and ENERGY STAR® label cannot be understated. AC units that have these types of ratings and certifications use up to 50% less energy than other units. By selecting this kind of system, you can save more money on energy bills and reduce your energy consumption. These units are equipped with a thermostat and timer which aids in maintaining the optimal settings for your system.
2. Two-Stage Compressors
It’s the compressors of an air conditioning unit that typically uses the most electricity.
Compressors have to work hard to squeeze out the heated vapors so that the refrigerant returns to its cooled state. Two-stage compressors automatically compress less on cool days and more when it’s hot, saving energy.
3. Customized Matched Systems
Some eco-friendly air conditioners achieve optimum energy efficiency by using one source of energy for cooling and another for heating.
4. Programmable Thermostats
Installing a smart thermostat is one of the most affordable ways to green up an air conditioning system.
Homeowners can program the thermostat to remain off when no one is at home and to automatically turn on and cool the home for the household’s return. Some high tech thermostats can even be controlled with an app on the phone.
5. Regular Maintenance
HVAC professionals should inspect and service air conditioning units at least once each year. Maintenance includes testing refrigerant pressure, accessing the unit’s air flow and checking for leaks.
HVAC specialists may also recommend modifications to increase the system’s energy efficiency. Take the time to discuss these recommendations with your professional and don’t hesitate to ask questions. Understanding the short and long term impacts of the recommendations can save you money in the long run.
7. Replace that Old Air Conditioner
Over 89 million heating and cooling systems in the United States were installed more than ten years ago. These systems operate well below the environmental and energy efficiency standards that are in place today. We aren’t saying throw out a perfectly good AC unit! If you are spending money every year on repairs then it may be time for an upgrade.