We all know that air conditioners use up a lot of energy.
As a matter of fact, of all our home appliances, our AC unit is at the top of the list when it comes to energy consumption. It isn’t surprising then that our air conditioner use accounts for a significant portion of our energy bills.
While we have long accepted that using an AC regularly means steep energy bills, we can always make an effort to get more energy savings.
If your AC unit is relatively new, you can do a number of things to get some energy savings.
For example, you can use curtains, drapes, and other types of window attachments to keep the sun out. That way, your home won’t be that hot, and your AC won’t have to work harder and longer to keep you cool. Your AC won’t be using that much energy if that happens.
Regular maintenance on your air conditioner also plays a crucial role in keeping it as efficient as possible. An AC unit with clean coils and air filters, and newly serviced parts help make it run more smoothly and efficiently.
However, there will always come a time when you have to shop for a new air conditioner unit. You can take that as an opportunity to upgrade to a more efficient AC unit.
It’s a fact that the efficiency of more recent air conditioning models is higher than those of AC units ten years old or more. That’s because today’s air conditioners have a much higher SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.
The higher the SEER, the more efficient it is, so always consider the SEER when shopping for a new AC.
If you want to know more about how SEER works, check out the infographic below.