Summertime is an expensive time when it comes to cooling your home in Mesa Arizona. Each year AC units become more efficient, but how do you know when you have reached the tipping point, where the cost of new, energy efficient air conditioner installation will be quickly outweighed by the monthly savings in energy costs?
In general, if your AC unit is over 10 years old, or needs frequent AC repairs, you may be able to recoup your savings in monthly energy bills fairly quickly. Additional signs that your AC unit may need to be replaced are; your air conditioner is loud, certain rooms stay too hot or humid, which can mean improperly installed duct work, or your home is excessively dusty, which may be a sign of leaky duct work.
When shopping for a new air conditioner, choose one with a high Energy Star rating such as Mesa Carrier Air Conditioner Units. High efficiency air conditioning units will require a higher upfront expenditure, but can decrease your monthly energy bills by up to 30-40 percent. Additional expenses may be saved by avoiding AC repair on an older unit.
You can get an idea of the difference in energy usage between your existing AC unit and a new Energy Star rated unit by comparing the SEER rating. The SEER rating is usually stamped on older air conditioning units. When you are shopping for new air-conditioning units you will see an energy guide label that shows the unit’s SEER (which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio.) This explains how efficiently that air conditioner utilizes the energy it consumes. You can then look for a table (available on the Internet) that shows how much you may be able to save, and calculate how long it will take to recoup the cost of the new air conditioner installation.
The United States government sponsors the Energy Star program in order to help guide homeowners to purchase appliances that are environmentally sound and save energy. You can greatly reduce your energy costs by choosing an Energy Star qualified air conditioner. Energy Star also offers a calculator to determine the correct size air conditioning unit according to the square footage of the area that needs to be cooled. An air conditioner installation contractor in Mesa AZ will use a software program to more precisely determine the size air conditioning unit needed.
Today the best air conditioners with the highest SEER ratings use up to 50 percent less energy to cool the same amount of air as an old air conditioner from the 1970s. Technology is advancing so quickly that even a 10 year old air conditioning unit can cost up to 40 percent more to operate than a high efficiency Energy Star air conditioner. So the cost of installing a new, high efficiency air conditioner may be lower than you think.
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