Russell's Heating & Air Conditioning
Jul 17 2018

How to Find a High Efficiency AC System

A majority of homeowners look for a way to save money when making a major change in the home. Installing a new central air conditioning system is one of the more costly projects you can take on, so you may be concerned about finding a system at a low initial cost. But what may be more important is finding out whether your unit will save you money over time. While some low-cost systems can be quite efficient, it’s vital to check on a couple of different factors to see if the lower price of your unit is worth the monthly bills that go along with it. Check out our quick guide to locating high efficiency AC systems in Yucaipa.

First, you should pay attention to the SEER. The U.S. government mandates that all air conditioners display the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) upfront. Generally, an Energy Guide tag will accompany your air conditioner, with a couple of points detailing the level of efficiency of the unit. The SEER is a number calculated by dividing the cooling capacity of the unit by the amount of energy it consumes. The minimum SEER for a unit sold in Florida as of January 1, 2015, is 14, though a higher number of course indicates a much higher level of efficiency.

Along with a high SEER, you should check whether your unit contains the ENERGY STAR label. This distinguished seal is awarded to those air conditioners which have a high SEER and offer above average performance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency only gives this away to systems that emit few air pollutants and still provide the cooling power that homeowners expect.

Finally, the only way your air conditioning can run as efficiently as it’s meant to is if your system is installed by a professional. Your unit cannot conserve energy if a part of it is loose or broken, or if it’s missing any important components. It also must be sized properly to meet specifications in your home, a complicated process which involves some tough calculations best left to an expert.

Contact Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today to speak with an expert who can help you select from many high efficiency AC systems in Yucaipa.