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Think Energy Star When Upgrading Air Conditioning

Published on: August 23, 2012

Have you had your air conditioner for more than 10 years? Although it may still keep your home cool, the old air conditioner is costing you money. Old HVAC systems are up to 60 percent less energy efficient than current models. Many of the older models only have an energy efficiency rating of 6 to 10 SEER. These low ratings do not meet today’s current energy standards. If you’re ready to save some money, upgrade your air conditioning system with one that has an Energy Star label.

What Is an Energy Star Label?

Newly manufactured air conditioners must have a rating of 13 SEER or higher. To guarantee that the air conditioning system is energy efficient, look for an Energy Star label. In order to earn an Energy Star label, the HVAC system must meet strict standards. Energy Star is a program that was created in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Their labels help consumers identify products that were made with energy efficiency in mind.

If you see an Energy Star label, the air conditioner will provide the following benefits:

– Savings on your monthly energy bills
– A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
– Less of a need for repairs

The Benefits of Upgrading Your Air Conditioning System

If you want to receive the energy efficiency benefits of a new air conditioner, allow our contractors to upgrade your HVAC system. With the amount of money that you will save each month, the system will pay for itself in a few short years. Since size matters, we will make sure that the system fits your house.

Air conditioning in the average home consumes nearly 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. This high amount of consumption causes power plants to emit 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. Not only that, but the power plants also emit nearly 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide. If you think about energy efficiency when upgrading your air conditioner, you can help save the environment. Lowering your energy consumption stops power plants from burning so much fossil fuel.

What Is the Range for SEER Numbers?

Since energy efficiency is the new standard, newly manufactured air conditioning systems must be rated with a 13 SEER or higher. Keep in mind that 13 is only the minimum requirement. The ratings actually go up to an 18 SEER. If you have any questions, we are glad to offer our assistance.