Think Energy Star When Upgrading Air ConditioningPublished on: August 16, 2012
With the many upgrades in the HVAC industry that have taken place over the past few years, no real estate owner should have to pay outlandish prices just to maintain his or her quality-of-life.
There is also no reason to choose between the more energy-efficient forms of air conditioning and the more powerful forms of air conditioning. Upgrades to the entire HVAC industry have combined energy efficiency and performance into a single air conditioning installation package.
If you are in the market for a new air conditioning installation, or you are simply looking for a more energy efficient solution to your conditioning needs, you should consider looking for air-conditioning units that have been marked by the Energy Star.
Although the general public has some indication that the Energy Star denotes a more energy efficiency centered solution for an air conditioning installation, very few people know what that energy efficiency means for them personally. A more energy-efficient solution for an air conditioning installation also means less money spent on repairs, replacements, routine checkups and monthly bills.
Below are some of the ways that energy efficiency can actually help your wallet.
Lower Heating and Cooling Bills for the Rest of Your Life
The Energy Star denotation means that you will automatically have a more efficient air conditioning system controlling the air inside of your living space. More efficiency means less money spent by you on extraneous energy that is used by your A/C unit.
Normally, more efficiency means less power in your air conditioning unit. It is quite easy to be more efficient when all you do is castrate the amount of conditioning that an AC unit can do. However, with the Energy Star upgrades throughout the HVAC industry, more efficient ways of conditioning air have been found that do not take away anything from the power of the air conditioning unit.
What can you expect from this? The bottom line is that less energy being used means less money out of your pocket on your monthly heating and cooling bills.
Less Money Spent on Repairs for your Air Conditioner Over Time
If your air conditioning unit uses less energy, it works less hard. The less that your air conditioning unit works, the longer it will last and the longer it will be between repairs.
If you choose to invest in an air-conditioning system that has been marked with the Energy Star, you stand to save a great deal of money on everything from replacement parts to routine checkups on your air conditioner. Part of the reason that Energy Star units are more efficient than other types of units is because of the efficiency of technology inside of the unit itself [read: less working parts to break down].
If there are less parts overall inside of your air conditioning unit to break down, and the parts that are their work more efficiently, it follows naturally that your air conditioning unit will need much less repairs than a larger, clunkier model.
Health and Environmental Concerns
No matter whether you actually believe in global warming or not, the fact remains that each American household uses and releases about 1 ton of carbon dioxide into the ozone per year as they heat and cool their house. This does not even include the small and midsize business use of air-conditioning within the country.
Like it or not, that much carbon dioxide in the air is not good for anyone’s health. However, you do not have to go out of your way to decrease your carbon footprint on the earth. All that is necessary is that you look for the Energy Star marketing on your next air-conditioning upgrade or replacement and you will be emitting almost 50% less carbon dioxide into the air than if you used a normal air conditioning system.
This decrease in the use of toxic chemicals to condition your air also has positive health effects for the people inside of your living space. New forms of refrigerants have been found that are much more cost-efficient and use less toxic chemicals to condition the air in your home. This can mean the difference between sickness and health for the more susceptible members of your family or business, especially in the event of a refrigerant leak.