In many parts of North America, central air conditioning is important to insure home comfort during the humid summer months. Unfortunately, using your air conditioner is usually the biggest expense on your monthly electricity bills.
The key to reducing your long-term costs could be to buy a new, high-efficiency air conditioner. This used to require a large upfront investment. Now, there new alternatives available that make getting an up-to-date, high-efficiency air conditioner in your house easier than ever.
We’ll give you more details about this option in a moment. But one thing is right, a an up-to-date, high-efficiency air conditioner can provide sizeable energy savings during its lifetime. Here’s what to think about as you explore air conditioning replacement in Knoxville.
Why a Bigger SEER Rating is Beneficial
Every air conditioner receives a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating, which grades how efficiently it uses electricity for cooling. Higher SEER ratings mean a system is more energy efficient.
As of 2015, your new air conditioning installation must be 13 SEER or better in Canada and the northern United States. If you are the South, your new air conditioner must be at least 14 SEER.
To compare, the smallest standard in the 1990s was 10 SEER, and the most high-end air conditioners for sale today reach approximately 25 SEER. The Lennox Energy Calculator indicates that improving your 10 SEER system to a mid-range 16 SEER system could save you 38% on your cooling expenses each year!
Why Calculating Your Air Conditioner’s Size is Critical
Sizing your air conditioner correctly is also essential if you hope to decrease your monthly air conditioning costs.
Air conditioning is calculated in “tons.” Sizing is essential because an air conditioner that’s too large or little can’t keep your house comfortable.
An air conditioner that’s too large will commonly short cycle, which means it will have a hard time removing humidity accurately. One that’s too little will fall behind with demand on warm days. Both problems will leave your home too hot, increase wear and tear on your air conditioner and may increase your utility bill.
When you work with R & M Climate Control Service Experts, our Experts will help you find the right-sized air conditioner for your home. Along with maximizing home comfort, a properly sized air conditioner may reduce your energy expenses during the summer.
Additional Ways to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency
The final approach to verify monthly savings when you install a new air conditioner is to boost your home’s attic insulation. Only about 10% of homes in the U.S. have adequate attic insulation, according to study conducted by Boston University. Having the right amount of insulation can help keep your heating and cooling expenses down and keep your home more pleasant year-round.
Also, we advise sealing any air leaks in your house before we do an AC sizing calculation. A more leakproof, more insulated house may use a smaller air conditioner, saving you on your upfront investment and possibly lowering your electric bills later on.
R & M Climate Control Service Experts is Here to Support You with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
Up-to-date advanced air conditioners provide excellent energy-saving opportunities. Replacing your old air conditioner with an updated, high-efficiency, innovative air conditioner is now smoother than ever with our Advantage™ Program.
This service takes all the stress out of getting a new air conditioner. You can receive a modern air conditioner for one low monthly payment. No down payment is necessary. While you’re part of our Advantage Program, you’ll never have to stress about repair bills, annual service or even air filters. It’s all covered, and you’ll enjoy headache-free comfort for just one small monthly cost.
Our Experts are ready to support you in determining just how much you can save by replacing your air conditioner. To get your AC replacement started, contact us at 865-229-6176 to schedule your free comfort analysis now.