With the high cost of electricity for houses, the demand for energy efficient air conditioners in Las Vegas has dramatically increased around the world. There are several options when considering an energy efficient air conditioner and it is important to do the proper homework before purchasing and installing a high efficiency air conditioner. SEER rating is very important, it means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it is a measure of the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the system is at converting electricity into cooling power.
No matter how energy efficient the rating of the new air conditioner may be, consumers need to be aware that they have to correctly install, select and maintain the unit to get those efficient results. Air conditioners that are installed incorrectly or below recommended standards or those that are simply too small or much too large for the size of the room space they are designed to cool will reduce the energy efficiency and even create energy overuse.
Even the most energy efficient air conditioner needs to be used and operated properly to ensure that it stays that way. Some of the most common mistakes that people make when using, installing or maintaining an air conditioner that lead to inefficiency include:
- Leaving doors and windows open while the air conditioner is running. This forces the air conditioner to continue to run without being able to cycle on and off. Even when the open window or door is on the other side of the residence; it will still decrease the air temperature and trigger the air conditioner unit to stay in the cooling part of the cycle.
- Improper insulation within the house. Poor quality or lack of insulation in the house allows the warm air outdoors to warm up the cool air indoors, or more correctly keeps the outside walls of the house warm, thereby transferring the heat to the inside walls and the inside air. Proper insulation around outside doors and windows also helps reduce cold air loss and prevents the air conditioner from cycling on and off.
- Incorrect size of air conditioner for the room or space. Smaller air conditioners are often less expensive, so homeowners may try to use smaller units despite the large floor space. This is very energy inefficient as the air conditioner is constantly on and working to produce enough cold air to try to bring the room temperature to the set level. Buying a bigger, slightly more expensive unit that is designed for the floor space/square footage is much more energy efficient and significantly cost saving over a period of time.
- Setting the temperature too low. Keep the thermostat set at 72 or above; cooler temperatures force the air conditioner to work much harder and will result in a significant energy drain.
Review consumer reports and learn about the various types of energy efficient air conditioner units before making your decision.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Air Zone Cooling and Heating can help you make the right decision when choosing the right air conditioner for your Las Vegas home.
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