In the first two parts, we went over the various steps you can take around the house to lower your energy bills, and discussed some home improvement projects that may prove very effective in keeping energy costs down. Another great way to lower energy bills is by upgrading an old or outdated air conditioning unit.
A/C systems installed just five years ago may not meet today’s minimum government standards of 13.00 SEER. And even then, air conditioning systems require 14.00 SEER or higher to qualify as an Energy Star product. To qualify for the government tax credit, an air conditioning system must have a SEER of at least 16.00. Consider not only the short-term incentives like rebates and tax credits, but the amount of money saved in energy costs in the long-term, and there is some serious opportunity for savings by upgrading your air conditioner.
All Year Cooling will come to your home to determine the appropriate sized air conditioning system for your house. Several factors will be taken into consideration including the size of your home, window placement, and several other factors.
You don’t want an air conditioner that is too small for your home, as it will run continuously and work very hard to keep your home cool, driving up your energy bills. But you don’t want an air conditioner that is too large, either. An A/C that is too large for your home won’t work as long to cool your home, but will not run long enough to effectively remove humidity from the house, making for an uncomfortable situation.
What’s more, you may be more inclined to turn your air conditioner lower to make up for the added humidity. The constant starting and stopping of a large A/C doesn’t do much for energy efficiency, either. When installing a new air conditioner, making sure that it is the appropriate size is a very important part of the process.
All Year Cooling offers several high efficiency air conditioners that meet qualifications as Energy Star products and may even qualify for the federal government tax credit. We offer air conditioning systems from the industry’s top manufacturers.
For an idea of how much money you may save by upgrading to a more energy efficient air conditioner, check out the FPL chart made available HERE on All Year Cooling’s website. And remember, to qualify as an Energy Star product, a system must have an efficiency of at least 14.00 SEER and to qualify for the federal government tax credit (ending December 31, 2010), an air conditioner must have an efficiency of at least 16.00 SEER.