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What Are the Most Efficient Ways to Cool a Home?

air-conditioner-condenser-moneyEfficiency is a concern for most of us, especially during the air conditioning season. An inefficient cooling system will not be able to provide the necessary cooling output for a reasonable price, which is problematic if you live in an area with temperatures already in the high 80°s early in the spring.

You might think that you’re stuck paying the same high bills you do every year—or that you have to shut off your air conditioner altogether to save some money. But we’re here to show you that there are more efficient ways to cool your home.

Central air conditioning is always the better choice

If you currently use a window AC unit or a portable air conditioner to cool the rooms of your home, you’re missing out on an opportunity for both comfort and efficiency. Central air conditioning systems are designed to operate with an efficiency that window units simply aren’t designed for.

Window units are never quite the right size for the room they’re in. That alone can hinder efficiency by quite a bit, but they also are not held to the same efficiency standards as central air conditioners. They don’t have the higher efficiency ratings of central AC systems today because they simply do not have to, and running these units in several rooms of your house is sure to run up the bills.

A properly sized air conditioner is important

You must ensure that your new air conditioner is the right size for your home if you want it to cool the space efficiently. That means that it shouldn’t be too small, as it won’t be powerful enough to cool the space and may run constantly in an attempt to do so.

But it also shouldn’t be too large. An air conditioner that is too large may short cycle, starting and stopping repeatedly, which wears down the components and also hinders efficiency. A technician can make sure you get the right sized unit for your home.

Check the SEER rating

More efficient air conditioners have a higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio). Of course, this means they will cost more upfront, but it’s worth it when you see the savings over time. Choose a SEER rating of 16 or higher for the best results. (The minimum SEER for AC systems sold in our area is 14).

Ductless systems bring central AC to any home

If your home does not currently have any ductwork you can use to set up a central split-system air unit, you can still have the power and efficiency of central air conditioning with a ductless mini-split system. Ductless mini splits work just like central air conditioning, with an outdoor unit and indoor blower. The difference is that there are multiple indoor blower units throughout the home, one for every room that needs cooling, and there’s a thermostat for each one (as well as a central thermostat!).

Technicians will need to drill a hole into the wall to install a refrigerant line leading to the outdoor unit, but that’s the only renovation you’ll need to get the same efficiency standards and power as a central AC unit! Just look for a system with a high SEER rating for the highest savings each month.

We install central air conditioning in Decatur, GA. For all your air conditioning needs, call the experts—Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

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