How to choose an energy efficient air conditioner

Air conditioning units are essential for both residential and commercial property. Keeping cool and comfortable throughout the summer months is paramount to remain healthy, comfortable and happy.

A typical air conditioning unit has a lifespan of between fifteen to twenty years. An old air conditioners lifespan can be elongated to avoid the expense of purchasing a new model. However, if you’re intent on saving money in the long term, the purchase of an energy efficient air conditioner is essential.

Identifying the best air conditioner for your needs is a decision that requires some concerted thought. If you’re intent on saving money and reducing your carbon footprint, these three tips should prove of considerable use.

Top Tip # One

Always consider the EER Rating. Upon browsing the range of air conditioning systems you should check the energy efficient rating or EER Rating. This should be 11.6 or more. The EER Rating indicates the thermal expansion value, and hence the temperature efficiency of the unit. An air conditioner with a high EER Rating that the air conditioner will operate even during the highest temperature is at its highest.

Top Tip # Two

Make sure to choose the right size for your environment. An air conditioner of an insufficient size will inadequately cool your environment. One that is too big will keep the environmental temperature too cool. Smaller units will have to run longer to keep the environment cool. This can increase your utility bills, and potentially damage the internal parts.

On the contrary, larger air conditioning units may eliminate humidity from the atmosphere. An appropriate air conditioning unit will ensure optimal performance, and reduce energy consumption. To identify the most appropriate air conditioning unit for your environment, consult a reputable HVAC contractor.

Top Tip # Three

The third top tip is to check the components. Clarify that the energy is fitted with a variable speed air handler and an automatic-delay fan switch. A variable speed air handler facilitates lesser energy consumption and appropriate air circulation. An automatic-delay fan switch is placed so that when the compressor is stopped, the fan will stop operating for a while.  This ensures that the remaining cool air circulates on the indoor coil before the fan stops.

An energy efficient air conditioner is essential to provide a superior level of cooling, whilst conserving as much energy as possible. Anyone that is considering purchasing a new air conditioner for either commercial or residential purposes would do well to choose one that rates high on the energy efficient scale.

Author: Gareth Whalley
Sharing my vast knowledge in the Air Conditioning and Mechanical services field especially in HVAC installation, service and maintenance across a broad range of sectors, including Healthcare, Education, Transport, Banking, Retail and Commercial developments.