Did you know that newer air conditioners consume up to 50 percent less energy than those manufactured in the 1970s? Even if your A/C is only 10 years old, you could reduce your air conditioning bills by one-third or more by upgrading to a modern high-efficiency unit. The differences between old A/Cs and newer air conditioners are higher SEER ratings and the advanced features that make them possible.
High SEER ratings
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is the amount of energy an air conditioner consumes to remove a certain amount of heat from your home. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is.
The following features found in newer air conditioners each contribute to high SEER ratings:
- Thermal expansion valve: When the New Jersey summer heat skyrockets, the thermal expansion valve ensures that every ounce of cooling capacity is squeezed out of the refrigerant circulating through the system. This keeps you comfortable while consuming the least amount of energy possible.
- Variable-speed air handler: The air handler circulates cooled air through the ductwork and into your home. Newer air conditioners with variable-speed air handlers reduce hot and cold spots, prevent uncomfortable temperature fluctuations, and run with longer, more efficient cycles.
- Fan-only switch: Sometimes all you need is a little circulation. Save energy and stay comfortable with this advanced feature found in high-efficiency A/Cs.
- Check-filter light: A clean filter means a more efficient system and cleaner indoor air. It’s easy to forget about the filter, but with a check-filter light, you know exactly when to check the filter. Remember, don’t leave the same filter in for longer than three months.
- Automatic-delay fan switch: Picture all the cold air that gets wasted when the fan and the compressor turn off simultaneously. By delaying the fan from turning off, all the residual cold air makes its way into the living space.
- Quiet operation: While it doesn’t affect SEER ratings, quiet operation is a benefit that newer air conditioners have over older models.
For more information about the latest models of air conditioners, please contact us at Pipe Works Services. We’ve been serving northern New Jersey homeowners since 1988.