As temperatures start to rise, so will the cost of keeping your home cool with air conditioning. Below are some tips that will help you understand cost effective ways to keep your home cool. Read on to understand more.
The U.S. Department of Energy has elevated the lowest efficiency standards for all air conditioning and heat pump units. The standard was 10 and now it is 13 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). This does not mean homeowners will have to replace their systems. But if you do, you could cut up to 23 percent off your energy bills.
SEER and Air Conditioning
To understand what SEER is, think of this rating like the gas mileage in your car. The higher the SEER rating is or the miles per gallon you get in your car, the more energy per “miles” you get. So as the government raises the SEER levels, your newer cooling and heating systems will use much less energy and giving you more cooling for your buck. This new 13 SEER rating standard will not only conserve energy but it will also reduce the carbon dioxide emissions.
A homeowner has to keep their air conditioning system at top performance to get the most efficiency out of the unit. An air conditioning professional should inspect your unit at least once a year.
Additional Air Conditioning Tips
Some additional tips about air conditioning units are as follows.
If you have more insulation installed in your roof and attic space, you could cut your cooling costs by almost 10 percent. This upgrade from 3 inches to 12 inches can be done easily by a trained professional.
Try planting a tree. If you plant even one shade tree you could reduce your homes cooling costs by nearly 25 percent. Plus, if you place any shade trees to the south and west and then plant evergreens to the north you will also cut your cooling costs.
Install ceiling fans and have pedestal fans in your home to help circulate the air throughout the house. Set your fan on your central air conditioner to the “on” position instead of the than “auto” position. This will circulate the air more continuously, and will keep the temperature more constant through the house.
The information above is there to inform you of recent changes in the SEER rating and how air conditioning works. Hopefully you will now have the necessary information to make a decision on the perfect air conditioning unit for your home.
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