All North Shore residents want to save some money, right?
This is especially true during the summer, when you need to blast your AC system almost 24/7 to keep the unwanted heat and humidity levels outside of your home.
But, is it possible that the AC system that you’re using, and not the actual amount of time that the system is running, is the reason for your skyrocketing electricity bill every summer?
When it Comes to AC Systems, Age is More Than Just a Number
Some people say “Age is just a number.” That’s definitely not true when it comes to AC systems, though! You see, back in 2006, the US government began requiring that all new residential central AC systems installed in homes have a SEER rating (which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 13 or more.
What’s so important about a SEER rating?
That number is actually a mathematical calculation for how efficient your home’s AC system is. It’s a ratio of the amount of cooled air (what we in the business call “BTU”) divided by the amount of electricity in watts was used to create and distribute that cooled air throughout your home.
So the higher your home AC system SEER rating, the more energy efficient the system and you guessed it, higher energy efficiency can mean huge dollar savings on your summer electricity bills.
North Shore homes that were built in 2005 or earlier didn’t have to meet the tougher governmental requirements that are in effect today.
That means if your home is operating on an older central AC system, its SEER rating may be the reason your electric bill is skyrocketing, not your actual AC usage. In this case, a newer AC system really can save you money in reduced electricity bill costs.
EnergyStar Central AC Systems Give You The Best in Energy Efficiency
If you’ve shopped around for any home appliance lately, you’ve likely noticed that some of them are labeled as “ENERGY STAR” certified. This distinction is only given to appliances that meet the government’s rules for ultimate energy efficiency.
In order for central air conditioning systems to receive this rating, they must be the top of the line when it comes to energy efficiency, which results in them being 15% more efficient than older or non ENERGY STAR models. In this case, upgrading your home’s central AC system to an ENERGY STAR model can definitely mean more money in your bank account every summer due to reduced energy usage.
Variable Speed AC Systems Can Help Cut Costs, Too
If you don’t have a variable speed AC system, installing one can help reduce your overall energy costs, too. If you haven’t heard of this type of central AC system, let us explain how a conventional AC system works and why a variable speed AC system is better.
To cool your North Shore home when the temperatures heat up, your central AC system’s fan motor inside the air handler gets to work distributing and delivering cooled air through your home’s interior ductwork. In these conventional models, the fan motor runs the same speed regardless of how cool you’re trying to get.
Variable air speed conditioners work differently. Rather than churning that fan at the same high rate regardless of your desired temperature, the fan motor runs at a varied speed depending on how much it needs to work to cool your home. The reduction in fan motor usage lowers your AC system’s overall energy usage, thus resulting in reduced summer electricity bills.
If you need to keep your home cool, but are fine setting it at a higher interior temp than the neighbors who want their home at a consistent 68 degrees year-round, then upgrading to a variable speed air conditioner may help you save big on energy costs.
What’s Best for You?
Now that you have a bit more information on how newer central AC system options can cut energy usage costs, you might be wondering, “What’s right for me?” That’s where our AC installation specialists come in.
If you’re considering upgrading your older central AC system to save on your summer energy bills, our installers can sit down with you to review your home’s AC needs and your past year’s energy usage to help form a plan of attack. To schedule a time for a free evaluation of your North Shore home’s AC needs, call us today at (985) 892-7071.