CLIMA - UPGRADE YOUR A/C SYSTEM
old, inefficient Heating and Air Conditioning system is only
adding costs to your ever-increasing utility bill.
Upgrade now to a new high efficiency system and possibly
reduce your energy costs by 30-40% per year. The most efficient
systems on the market are up to 70% more efficient than
the current average. You could dramatically reduce or even
eliminate the utility increases while improving your comfort
level. You may even qualify for a CASH REBATE from your
local utility or be able to purchase a system with NO PAYMENTS
or INTEREST for up to one year (subject to availability
in certain markets).
This can save you hundreds of dollars on
the price of your new system. Remember, the savings will
continue for years to come, since a high-efficiency system
means lower electric bills month after month. So while a
high-efficiency cooling and heating system may cost a little
more up front compared to a less efficient system, you'll
recover the price difference in a very short time.
air conditioners are rated on their seasonal energy efficiency ratio
(SEER). The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit.
The minimum SEER rating allowed to be sold today is 10. Models with
SEER ratings of 12 or better are recommended.
here to view the table, which shows the savings possible on your
electric bill when you replace an existing inefficient air conditioning
system will a higher efficiency system.
This chart is calculated for a 36,000 BTUH (3-ton) system with a
cost of KWH of 8 cents. If your system or cost per KWH is larger
or smaller, you can still get an idea of just how significant your
savings can be.
determine how much you'll save each year, find the point where your
present system's Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER (top
of table) meets the SEER of the new system you are considering (left
side of table).
installed before 1980 generally has a SEER rating of 7 to 8. SEER
ratings also decrease over the life of a unit. To get the exact
energy-efficiency rating of your existing unit, you may wish to
contact an air conditioning contractor with the model numbers of
your indoor and outdoor equipment, or look at the energy-efficient
label on equipment installed after 1988.) For example, if your existing
system's SEER is 7, and you replace it with a system that has a
SEER of 11.5, you'll save €507 a year on your electric bill.
AC Doctor have a quality local contractor contact you to evaluate
your existing system and provide options, pricing and discuss energy
savings if you upgrade to a higher efficiency system. The consultation
will be free and without obligation.
Regular Service and Maintenance
many cases, an air conditioning system is taken for granted, receiving
little or no maintenance unless the unit breaks down. If a system
is neglected, there is a gradual loss of efficiency, which can add
to operating costs without your knowledge.
up the air conditioning system, just as tuning up a car, can reduce
the operating costs and prolong the life of the equipment. Before
the hot weather arrives, schedule a tune-up with a service professional
for your air conditioning system to make sure it is operating as
efficiently as possible and that it has enough refrigerant to cool
properly. Low refrigerant can make the unit run more often and could
double your cooling costs. Have the professional inspect and, if
necessary, oil fans and motors on the condensing unit and the inside
to clean the filters every month and the coils and fins once a year.
Clean filters keep dirt out of the return air duct vent and out
of your air conditioning system. If dirt gets into the system, the
system doesn't run as efficiently, and that costs you money. A dirty
filter that causes a 10% reduction in airflow can increase operating
costs by 11%.
on 2800 annual cooling hours, 3-ton (36,000 BTUH) A/C, and 9 cents
also "Room A/C Energy Savers"