Maximizing Energy Efficiency: Tips for a Well-Planned AC Installation

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Maximizing Energy Efficiency: Tips for a Well-Planned AC Installation

Maximizing Energy Efficiency: Tips for a Well-Planned AC Installation

24 October 2023
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Summer can be brutally hot, and air conditioning is often a necessity. However, getting an air conditioning unit installed can be daunting for many homeowners. From choosing the right size to selecting the most energy-efficient options, there are many factors to consider. Explore some tips and tricks to help you maximize energy efficiency during the air conditioning (AC) installation process.

Choosing the Right Size

Choosing the right size of the air conditioner is crucial for maximizing energy efficiency. An air conditioner that is too small for your home will work harder than is necessary, while an oversized air conditioner will waste energy. Generally, a rule of thumb is to have a unit that can cool roughly 20 BTUs per square foot. However, many factors can influence your specific needs, such as the size, insulation, and layout of your home. To ensure you get the right size AC unit, consult a professional HVAC technician who can perform a load calculation.

Opt for Energy-Star-Rated AC Units

Energy-star-rated AC units have been certified to consume less energy than non-certified units. They come with a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. SEER rating measures the efficiency of an AC unit to convert electricity into cooled air. Generally, a higher SEER rating means better energy efficiency. Remember, the energy efficiency will only remain if the AC unit is correctly installed, maintained, and used according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

Implement Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat is a powerful tool that can help you maximize energy efficiency. It allows you to set different settings depending on the time of day and will adjust the temperature automatically to conserve energy. In addition, a smart thermostat can be accessed remotely, so you can adjust the temperature from anywhere.

Proper Placement of AC Unit

The location of the AC unit is also an essential factor in maximizing energy efficiency. Place your unit in a shady spot that gets less direct sunlight. Excessive sunlight can reduce the efficiency of the unit. Also, ensure the area around the AC unit is cleared of debris, shrubs, and bushes for maximum air movement. Proper air movement into and out of the air conditioning unit will reduce energy consumption and boost performance.

Regular System Maintenance

Regular maintenance of the AC system is essential to maximize energy efficiency. Replace filters regularly. Dirty air filters reduce airflow, making the unit work harder than necessary. Dirty coils also will reduce the energy efficiency of the AC system. Keep the ducts clean to maintain optimal airflow and prevent leaks.

Maximizing energy efficiency is essential for reducing energy costs and the carbon footprint of your home. When installing an AC unit, remember to choose the right size unit, opt for Energy-Star-rated systems, implement smart thermostats, pay attention to the placement of the AC system, and maintain the system regularly. These tips will keep your home comfortable while saving you money and benefiting the environment.

To learn more about AC installation, contact a professional near you. 

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I used to routinely get calls from HVAC contractors in my area offering annual maintenance contracts. As soon they would identify themselves, I would quickly say no thank you and hang up. After all, my heating and cooling system was working fine. Why would I spend money on services I clearly didn't need? Boy was I wrong! A few years ago, my AC unit suddenly stopped working. I called my HVAC contractor to have it repaired and assumed that my warranty would pick up the bill. That was until I learned my warranty was voided due to a lack of maintenance. Out of nowhere, my decision to ignore those maintenance calls was about to cost me more than a $1,000. I know there are others out there like me. It is my hope that this site will provide them with the knowledge they need to avoid the mistakes I made.