- If you are experiencing problems and your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, consider buying a new one. A new efficient unit, when properly sized and installed, will cost significantly less on a monthly basis.
- Look for an air conditioner that has a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14 or higher and has the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioners are 25 percent more efficient than conventional units.
- Buying the correct size unit and installing it properly is critical to efficiency and comfort. Seek sizing guidance from a local HVAC dealer, and make sure a trained professional installs the new unit.
- Consider purchasing an air conditioner with a variable speed motor, providing a more efficient system along with increased comfort and less noise.
- Try to have your new air conditioner placed in a shady spot, preferably on the north side of your home.
- Ask for an inspection of your duct system. Leaky duct systems are more common than you might realize and reduce the effectiveness of your air conditioner.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
- Routinely check your air conditioner's air handler or furnace filter during the cooling season. Clean or replace as needed. Dirty filters block normal airflow and significantly reduce a system's efficiency.
- If you are experiencing a problem, have your air conditioner professionally serviced. Ask for a tune-up that includes a check of the refrigerant charge, cleaning of the coils and an inspection of your duct system.
Everyday Air Conditioner Tips
- Don’t crank the temperature down in an effort to cool your house off quickly. It will not affect the speed at which the house cools.
- Check your thermostat setting. Most people can be comfortable at 78 degrees. Remember that thermostats are not always accurate.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat that ensures your home is cool just when you want it to be.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label when shopping for programmable thermostats.
- Weather strip doors and windows to prevent losing cool air to the outside.
- Make sure there's sufficient insulation throughout the home to help keep cool air in.
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