What Defines Air Conditioner Efficiency?

We reviewed essential questions regarding ENERGY STAR qualified, air conditioner efficiency and other air conditioning system information. Hoffmann Brothers, St. Louis’ heating and cooling contractor also describes why buying an ENERGY STAR, qualified air conditioning unit lends more advantages than keeping an older one.

What are the benefits of replacing an older air conditioner with an ENERGY STAR qualified unit?  ENERGY STAR qualified air conditioning units are not only moderate on the utility bill, but also afford better indoor air quality (IAQ). These units have a smaller carbon footprint because anything that saves energy reduces pollution.

Primarily, air conditioner efficiency is one of the measurements used to qualify ENERGY STAR appliances, which render a higher seasonal efficiency rating (SEER). However, SEER is not the only measure used to assess air conditioner efficiency. This means that during the summer months, homeowners can expect to save a minimum of 10 percent.

What is a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)?
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) calculates how energy efficient equipment is used during the summer months.  The measure compares the total electric energy input to the normal cooling season and is assessed in accordance with AHRI 210/240 standards.

Aside from buying a new air conditioner, are there any other ways that homeowners can reduce the summer energy bill?
To maximize air conditioner efficiency during the summer months hire a heating and cooling contractor to check the ducts of your air conditioning unit. The HVAC contractor will identify if your home is properly sealed, locking out heat humidity.

When is it a good time to replace an old air conditioning unit with a new one?
According to ENERGY STAR, the replacement of an air conditioning more than 10 years old with an ENERGY STAR qualified unit, represents an energy savings of 30 percent.

What other factors influence air conditioner efficiency of heating and cooling systems?
While air conditioner efficiency is not limited to purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified equipment, precise sizing and proper installation influence performance and overall savings.

Are there any financial incentives or rebates to upgrading my air conditioner?
Yes! Hoffmann Brothers has many Rebates & Incentives right now when you upgrade your heating and cooling system. Ameren Missouri, American Standard and Laclede Gas are offering rebates this Spring. To schedule a free consultation to see how much money you can save on your investment, call (314) 664-3011 or schedule a bid online here.

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