How Energy Efficient Is Your Air Conditioner Use?

How Energy Efficient Is Your Air Conditioner Use?

Whether you have central air conditioning or an alternative heat pump system, energy efficient air conditioner use is much easier to attain than you would think. Over 87% of homes have some form of air conditioning, so establishing energy efficient air conditioner habits can save you big on utility costs, while also being less impactful on the environment. If you are looking for the best ways to optimize your air conditioner use this summer – and beyond – then we have the right tips and tricks for you.

What is Classified as “Energy Efficient”

Technology and appliances are considered energy efficient when they are capable of performing their job to their full potential, while using less energy than other traditional or stock models. When it comes to an energy efficient system in your home, it is important to consider all the factors that contribute to your system’s operation and the end results. When it comes to your air conditioning system’s efficiency rating, you must consider what type of air conditioning system you have, how large your home is, what types of windows and doors you have, the condition of your ducting and vents, and more.

Energy Efficient Air Conditioners 

Just as with all other major appliances, having an energy efficient air conditioner means lower utility costs and less harm to the environment. In the United States, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has established set criteria that air conditioners must meet to be classified as energy efficient. These levels vary regionally, with the Northern states having more “wiggle room” when it comes to the required air conditioner seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). Because the Southern regions of the country experience temperatures that require more frequent use of their air conditioning systems than their Northern neighbors, the government has determined that the increased energy consumption needs to be offset by establishing stricter energy efficiency requirements.

In an effort to establish cohesive and consistent energy efficiency standards within the U.S., the government adopted the Energy Star® symbol, which certifies that the product it is awarded to meets the requirements of energy efficiency. This provides consumers with peace of mind when shopping for energy efficient air conditioners, because it guarantees that the model is certified energy efficient and has been deemed such by a credible and unbiased party. For central air conditioners, the higher the SEER and general energy efficiency rating, the better, and they must use at least 8% less energy than standard models. However, aside from the efficiency levels of your air conditioning unit itself, there are many other components that contribute to the energy efficiency of your system.

Contributing Factors to Energy Efficient Systems

Aside from selecting an energy efficient air conditioning system, we recommend adjusting other contributing factors, such as your usage habits and insulation. Although your energy efficient air conditioner is already meeting the minimum standard for efficiency, you can take it a step further by being strategic in how and when you use your system. The first rule of thumb for energy efficient air conditioner usage is to only run your system when you are home, and if you have a mini-split system only using the systems of rooms currently being occupied. While you are home, you should try to keep your air conditioner’s thermostat at a temperature between 73- and 76-degrees Fahrenheit, research has shown that these are the most optimal temperatures for comfort while still conserving energy. Then, to supplement your strategic thermostat habits, you can go a step further and adjust the environment of your home throughout the day to maximize the coolness of your home. An example of this would be closing the drapes or blinds to prevent heat from the sun from entering your home and making your air conditioner work harder and therefore less efficiently.

On a similar note, there are additional components to your air conditioning system beyond the actual unit itself, including the fans, ducts, and vents that work to transport and disperse the cool air throughout your home. When newly installing an energy efficient air conditioning system, the fan, ductwork, and vents throughout the home will be new, and therefore the system will be peak energy efficient from the start if done properly. However, when you are upgrading your system, it is important that you take the time to upgrade your fan, ducts, and vents. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it is estimated that up to25% of the air being moved through your air conditioning system is lost or wasted due to holes, leaks, and gaps in the ductwork and vents. Ensuring that every detail of your systems are working to their maximum potential will optimize your energy efficient air conditioner’s operation.

Finding the Right System for Your Home

If you are in the market for a traditional central air system, or one of the many alternatives such as the Mitsubishi Electric Mini-Split, the perfect energy efficient air conditioner for you is out there. Mini-splits are one of the most efficient air conditioning systems that you can add to your home, because they allow you to only cool the areas of your home which are being used. They also do not need ductwork, which reduces the amount of cool air that leaks into dead space. Both features result in energy efficient air conditioner use because the system itself does not have to work as hard to produce the expected results. Regardless of whether you are looking to install a system in new construction, or maybe you are looking to upgrade your existing central air conditioning system, you cannot go wrong when it comes to a Mitsubishi ductless mini-split air conditioning system.

A Professional Has the Right Tools

Whether you are looking to upgrade your current air conditioner system to a more energy efficient model, or you have a new installation that needs a full system, you are going to need to employ the help of a certified, professional heating and cooling company, such as the expert team at Daigle Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. A professional air conditioning company will have the knowledge and experience to recommend and establish the right energy efficient air conditioner for your home. Contact a pro today to optimize your air conditioner efficiency.

About Daigle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

Founded over 40 years ago, Daigle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is family-owned and operated by the Daigle family. We are proud to provide quality, dependable plumbing, heating, and cooling services for our customers in Derry, NH, and the surrounding areas. Daigle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is your partner for all your plumbing, heating, and cooling needs. Call us today at 603-434-6353 for a free estimate.