Tips For Choosing The Right Energy Efficient AC Unit

Choosing the right air conditioning unit for your home can be tough. There are so many manufacturers to choose from! Not to mention you need the most energy efficiency possible to keep your electric bills low. With all the new models out today, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right unit for the job?

As an AC services company, we get this question quite frequently. Likewise, we want to do our part to help you purchase the right tool for you, your family, and your home. We don’t want you to be in the dark when it comes to making this decision. This is why we’ve decided to go over all the tips to consider when purchasing a new energy efficient unit. Here are a few key things to look for:

Helpful Tips

  • Programmable thermostat-  A thermostat that is programmable will allow you to set a timer for when the AC unit should turn on and off. With this capability, you’ll gain even more energy efficiency by being able turn it on when you’re on your way home for the day. Some thermostats can even be controlled by your smart phone!Like, for example, the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat. Be sure to get a unit that has a programmable thermostat.
  • Check for the right fit- An air conditioning unit that is too large will make the air in your home feel damp and clammy. However, an air conditioning unit that is too small will run up your electricity bills. Make sure your unit is the exact right size for your home.
  • Energy saving setting- Some air conditioning units come with an energy saving setting. This setting will turn both the compressor and the fan off after your home has hit the desired temperature. Check for this setting in the features section before purchase.
  • Energy Star Rating- This star will indicate that the unit has a certified high efficiency rating. To find it, just look for the blue energy star!

Choosing the right size air conditioner

  • This is actually much easier than you might think. Thanks to the Energy Star Chart found here you can look up the correct BTU unit that is right for your home. The BTU unit measurement goes off of your homes square footage. Simply use a measuring tape and some semi simplistic math to calculate the square footage.
  • The tonnage behind AC units also plays a factor. Remember- 12,000 BTU units per hour is the equivalent of one ton. AC units usually range from 1 – 5 tons.

Reading the Energy Label

The Energy label should have all the following information:

  1. The type of air conditioner
  2. The make, model, and size of the unit
  3. Average yearly cost of running the labeled air conditioner
  4. Cost range of similar air conditioners
  5. The Energy Efficiency ratio

Call Christian Brothers

At Christian Brothers, our technicians are fully licensed, trained, and background checked for your safety and satisfaction. Call us to make an appointment and we’ll have a technician down to your home as soon as possible. Call 623-499-9794.