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Green Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide

Programmable Thermostat featured in Air Conditioning Green Guide We’re seeing an increasing trend toward “sustainable” living and, since central air conditioning represents one of the highest home energy uses, we wondered if “green” central air conditioning in Minneapolis was possible. We scoured the Internet for resources to give you an unbiased Green Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide.

6 Green Tips for Eco-Friendly Central Air Conditioning

According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, air conditioning accounts for nearly 50 percent of the energy use in theUnited Statesduring peak summer months, and air conditioning is responsible for nearly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. So how can you reduce, or eliminate, your reliance on costly central air conditioning?

Here are some suggestions to help make the purchase, installation and use of air conditioning in your home as green as possible.

1)      Purchase a High-Efficiency Unit – Replacing an older model with a high-efficiency air conditioner can reduce home cooling costs and energy usage by 20 to 50 percent. For central air conditioners look for SEER ratings of 14 or higher. For window units, look for an EERE rating of 10.7 or better.

2)      Purchase a Properly Sized Unit – Air conditioners that are too large or small for the area they are meant to cool will run inefficiently, waste energy, and wear out more quickly than AC that’s been properly sized for your home by an HVAC           contractor. In addition, air conditioners don’t dehumidify well if they are       constantly turning on and off. You want an air conditioner sized to run as consistently as possible.

3)      Consider Ductless Air Conditioners – Ductless air conditioners, also referred to as split systems, allow you to individually regulate the temperature in rooms that you are occupying. Doing so is more efficient than central air conditioning, helping to reduce your home’s overall energy costs. These units can also incorporate heat pumps into the design in order to provide heat for your home.

4)      Seal and Insulate Ductwork – Ductwork, poorly sealed, can drastically reduce the cooling efficiency of your air conditioning system, as can ductwork that runs through un-insulated spaces like attics, garages and crawl spaces.

5)      Install Programmable Thermostats – Multiple zone, programmable thermostats help reduce energy consumption since you won’t have to remember to turn the AC up or down. In addition, every degree higher you set your AC will reduce your home cooling costs by 3 to 5 percent.

6)      Avoid Unwanted Sources of Heat – Electric freezers, clothes dryers, dishwashers and ovens all pump heat into your home. Move them to the garage or basement (freezer and dryer), or use them during cooler periods of the day (dishwasher and oven) to avoid heating up your home unnecessarily. Also, shade east and west facing windows to reduce unwanted passive solar heat gain.

Long-Term Value of Sustainable AC

While you may be looking at a higher initial investment if you choose an energy-efficient air conditioner, it’s easy to see how going green is guaranteed to pay for itself over time.

But, the real value of choosing an eco-friendly air conditioning system extends far beyond the energy savings you’ll enjoy. Going green means a healthier home environment for you and your family, a reduction in fossil fuel consumption and the creation of greenhouse gases, and the peace of mind in knowing that you’re doing your part in creating a better, more sustainable future for your children and grandchildren.

If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.

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Green Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide

Programmable Thermostat featured in Air Conditioning Green Guide We’re seeing an increasing trend toward “sustainable” living and, since central air conditioning represents one of the highest home energy uses, we wondered if “green” central air conditioning in Minneapolis was possible. We scoured the Internet for resources to give you an unbiased Green Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide.

6 Green Tips for Eco-Friendly Central Air Conditioning

According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, air conditioning accounts for nearly 50 percent of the energy use in theUnited Statesduring peak summer months, and air conditioning is responsible for nearly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. So how can you reduce, or eliminate, your reliance on costly central air conditioning?

Here are some suggestions to help make the purchase, installation and use of air conditioning in your home as green as possible.

1)      Purchase a High-Efficiency Unit – Replacing an older model with a high-efficiency air conditioner can reduce home cooling costs and energy usage by 20 to 50 percent. For central air conditioners look for SEER ratings of 14 or higher. For window units, look for an EERE rating of 10.7 or better.

2)      Purchase a Properly Sized Unit – Air conditioners that are too large or small for the area they are meant to cool will run inefficiently, waste energy, and wear out more quickly than AC that’s been properly sized for your home by an HVAC           contractor. In addition, air conditioners don’t dehumidify well if they are       constantly turning on and off. You want an air conditioner sized to run as consistently as possible.

3)      Consider Ductless Air Conditioners – Ductless air conditioners, also referred to as split systems, allow you to individually regulate the temperature in rooms that you are occupying. Doing so is more efficient than central air conditioning, helping to reduce your home’s overall energy costs. These units can also incorporate heat pumps into the design in order to provide heat for your home.

4)      Seal and Insulate Ductwork – Ductwork, poorly sealed, can drastically reduce the cooling efficiency of your air conditioning system, as can ductwork that runs through un-insulated spaces like attics, garages and crawl spaces.

5)      Install Programmable Thermostats – Multiple zone, programmable thermostats help reduce energy consumption since you won’t have to remember to turn the AC up or down. In addition, every degree higher you set your AC will reduce your home cooling costs by 3 to 5 percent.

6)      Avoid Unwanted Sources of Heat – Electric freezers, clothes dryers, dishwashers and ovens all pump heat into your home. Move them to the garage or basement (freezer and dryer), or use them during cooler periods of the day (dishwasher and oven) to avoid heating up your home unnecessarily. Also, shade east and west facing windows to reduce unwanted passive solar heat gain.

Long-Term Value of Sustainable AC

While you may be looking at a higher initial investment if you choose an energy-efficient air conditioner, it’s easy to see how going green is guaranteed to pay for itself over time.

But, the real value of choosing an eco-friendly air conditioning system extends far beyond the energy savings you’ll enjoy. Going green means a healthier home environment for you and your family, a reduction in fossil fuel consumption and the creation of greenhouse gases, and the peace of mind in knowing that you’re doing your part in creating a better, more sustainable future for your children and grandchildren.

If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.

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