Maintaining indoor temperatures at a comfortable level is the key to a quality lifestyle. During very hot summer months temperature controls are essential. Discovering how to choose the right cooling system for your home will not only keep you comfortable, but it will help you save energy and lower your utility bills.
How to Pick the Best Cooling System for Your Home
- Evaluating Your Needs
If it is very hot and humid in your region during the summertime, you will need a more powerful cooling system than the average homeowner. Keep in mind, however, that more powerful systems tend to cost more in terms of purchase price, installation and operation. For this reason, it is wise to evaluate your household budget early on in order to determine how much cooling power you can justify investing in.
- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating
HomeSmart from Xcel Energy is a member of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). According to their heating and cooling technicians, efficiency ratings matter when it comes to choosing a new home cooling system. Before you finalize a decision, you should take into account the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) rating of the system that you feel is a good fit for your home. Today’s central air systems have SEER ratings ranging from 13 to 21. These numbers provide an indication of a system’s overall energy efficiency. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the system is.
- Proper Sizing
In a home where the windows and insulation have been upgraded, any new central air conditioning system should be re-sized. Indeed, no matter how hot it gets in a particular region, some homeowners are sure to install systems that are too powerful for their needs. This can be a problem because it creates short on/off cycles leading to inefficient use. When considering a new system, it’s wise to take into account energy savings derived from other efforts like new insulation and re-size the HVAC system accordingly.
- Energy Star
Energy Star is another recognized standard for scoring the energy efficiency of certain consumer products. What began as a voluntary labeling system for rating computer parts has expanded across the years to include other types of consumer products, including residential heating and cooling systems. According to the Energy Star organization, the average Western household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, with the better part of that going toward heating and cooling costs. Clearly, smart decisions concerning the selection of a high Energy Star rated cooling system will pay big dividends for many families.
Choosing a new cooling system your home is a very important investment decision. Your next air conditioning system will play a key role in your home’s entire energy consumption picture for years to come. When the summer heat is at its most intense, you will appreciate the wise decisions you have made to keep your family as comfortable as possible.
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