How Correct A/C Design, Installation and Maintenance Can Save You Money

The design of an air conditioner, how and where it is installed, and whether or not it is properly maintained all play a significant role in the efficiency of the system. Following are some tips along these lines that can enable you to reduce your energy consumption while keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. A/C Design The first step in reducing energy consumption and saving money is to choose the right type of air conditioner for your home. You will need to not only consider the brand name and seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating but also find out what refrigerants and ducting materials are used, how the thermostat works, and whether or not the system has a computerized control system. The size of the A/C unit will also have an impact on how energy efficient it is. If the unit is too small, it will not provide sufficient cold air to all rooms of the home. This will usually lead to a homeowner turning down the temperature in an effort to keep cool, thus increasing energy usage. However, an oversized unit is also ineffective, as it does not reduce humidity in the home, once again causing the homeowner to lower the temperature and use more energy than would have otherwise been necessary. Naturally, newer units are more energy efficient than their older counterparts. If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, you can reduce energy consumption by up to 40% if you install a newer, more efficient model. Installation In order for a split system air conditioner to function properly, the outdoor unit housing the...