Air conditioning is invaluable to staying comfortable through a New Jersey summer, as it provides a reprieve from the heat and humidity that are common in this region. One way to stay comfortable without facing soaring energy bills is by installing a high-efficiency air-conditioning system. On average, homeowners who use air conditioning consume more than 2 000 kilowatts of electricity annually. That adds up to a lot of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide — which turns into pollution. High-efficiency air conditioners pack a two-fold punch: they keep the environment clean by emitting less pollution and you save on utility bills. High-efficiency air conditioning on the market today has responded to this need. They are up to 50 percent more efficient than A/Cs manufactured even just decades ago, and that means big savings for homeowners. Air-conditioning system efficiency is determined via Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). A lot of older systems were rated SEER 6 to 8. Today, however, minimum standards require that A/Cs are manufactured beginning at SEER 13. Several features make high-efficiency air conditioning more efficient, and you’ll want to look for these when upgrading to a higher SEER unit: Dual-stage compressors operate at two speeds, allowing a lower speed to run during milder weather and the higher stage to switch on during hotter weather. An Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) within the condensing unit allows the fan motor to function at a higher efficiency than air handlers and condensers with the conventional Permanent-Split Capacitor (PSC) motor. ECMs are also used with blower motors, which allow the blower to respond to airflow needs and increase efficiency. A thermostatic Expansion Valve (TXV) allows the refrigerant to flow at various speeds. It can automatically sense the cooling load requirement and open for increased refrigerant and close up when less is required. Considering the advancements in A/C systems, upgrading to a more efficient system makes sense. Call the experts at Pipe Works Services. Our technicians can answer your efficiency questions and help you select an A/C within your budget. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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