Since about half of the yearly electrical cost in the average home is tied to heating and cooling, homeowners can save a lot of money on their power bills by improving the energy efficiency of their HVAC unit. Advances in HVAC technology mean that today’s air conditioners use much less electricity than air conditioners installed even ten years ago. A new AC system installation, therefore, will help homeowners reap the savings on their electric bills.
Energy Efficient Features on A New AC System
What makes newer air conditioning units more energy efficient than older models? There are a variety of factors, but some of the most common ways that new AC units save on power include:
- Variable Speed Motors—A variable speed motor in your air handler automatically adjusts to deliver the proper balance between the temperature and the humidity in the home. Instead of kicking on at full speed and staying there, a variable speed motor will gradually increase to full speed, saving energy in the process and maximizing motor life. The motor also adjusts to vary the amount of air circulated in the home, helping to more efficiently reduce humidity and improve comfort.
- 2-Stage Compressors—Until the advent of 2-stage compressors, air conditioners could only pump one level of refrigerant through the system. In other words, traditional compressors are either on or off when it comes to circulating refrigerant. A 2-stage compressor, however, can adjust refrigerant levels according to need, using higher compression to cool things down on hotter days and lower compression to keep things cool when it is not as hot outside. This means your AC switches on and off less frequently, using less power to keep everything comfortable inside.
- Smart Thermostats—A smart thermostat can be programmed to provide different levels of cooling at different times of the day, keeping things warmer while homeowners are away so that less power is used. Many of these thermostats will learn from how they are used over time, and they can automatically adjust to meet typical cooling preferences. A thermostat with Wi-Fi capability enables homeowners to control temperatures from their smartphones as well.
Is It Time to Replace Your AC?
A new AC system installation is a significant investment, and you want to make sure that you are getting the best unit for your needs. For more than three decades, Den-Air Air Conditioning has been helping Palm Beach County residents get the most energy efficiency out of their HVAC units. We can evaluate your unit and offer recommendations to increase efficiency. For more information, call us at (561) 533-0716, or fill out the online contact form.