It’s normal for cooling bills to rise during the hottest months of the year when your AC is seemingly running all day long. However, the most energy-efficient air conditioners can effectively cool your home, while also providing lower energy bills.
Many homeowners install new air conditioners without considering the overall operating efficiency of the system. Making sure you install an energy-efficient air conditioner is important in ensuring your home has comfortable, cool air at a fraction of the cost provided by your older AC system.
In the latest blog post from Rusk Heating and Cooling, we’ll discuss how AC efficiency is determined, why it matters, and what type of AC is most efficient.
How is AC Efficiency Determined?
Air conditioners use SEER2 (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 2) ratings to show the user how efficient the system is. SEER2 is the ratio of the amount of cooling produced to the electricity used. Calculating these ratings takes temperature, humidity, usage, and other factors into consideration. The result will be a number displaying the system’s overall operating efficiency levels.
With SEER2, the higher the number, the more efficient the unit is. HVAC technology improves with every passing year, so newer air conditioning models are naturally more efficient than older systems. If your home is using an older air conditioning unit with a lower SEER2 rating, upgrading to a newer system with greater energy efficiency can save you money on your energy bills in the long run.
When the time comes to replace your current central air conditioner with a newer model, the experts at Rusk Heating and Cooling can help. Our team of technicians will discuss your needs in detail to ensure you receive the system that will provide your home with the maximum benefits. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in the Greater Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky areas.
Why is Air Conditioning Efficiency Important?
An air conditioner’s energy-efficiency levels are directly related to the comfort and safety of your home. The more efficiently an air conditioner operates, the easier it will be for the system to evenly cool all areas of your home. The hottest summer days require a high-functioning air conditioner, and an AC with a high SEER2 rating will keep your home safe and comfortable for the impending summer.
Beyond comfort and safety, SEER2 ratings are also an indication of how high your cooling costs will be. The most efficient heat pumps, ductless systems, and central air conditioners use less energy to cool your home, reducing your overall electric bill during the summer and saving you money in the long run.
Which Type of Air Conditioner is Most Efficient?
Modern air conditioners typically feature higher SEER2 ratings than ones manufactured even a few years ago, so switching to a newer AC will already provide your home with greater efficiency. However, if you’re looking for the most efficient way to cool your home, heat pumps and ductless mini splits are the way to go.
While these systems are typically the most efficient and reduce the energy needed to cool the home, many central air conditioning systems are capable of reaching similar SEER2 ratings as heat pumps and ductless units. The efficiency of your air conditioning system will ultimately boil down to the exact make and model that you choose.
Contact Rusk Heating and Cooling for AC Services in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
At Rusk Heating and Cooling, our team has extensive experience in helping homeowners find and install the right air conditioning systems in their Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area homes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.