5 Traits of Eco-Friendly Air Conditioning Units
The temperature outside is still hot, so it’s a good bet that your utility bill is still high! Wasted energy is not good for the environment, but it doesn’t have to be nearly so bad. If you are looking to save energy on your air conditioning, there are a number of eco-friendly solutions that will help minimize your gas or electric bill.
Go Green with Minneapolis Air Conditioning
- Invest in a two-stage compressor. The compressor is considered the heart of your air conditioning unit. It works to compress hot vapors so that your refrigerant can become cool again before it enters into the condenser. As a result of all that effort, the compressor uses up high volumes of electricity. In order to ease the work load of the compressor, you can convert to a two-stage system that has a high setting for the hottest times of the summer and a low setting for milder days, thus saving energy.
- Get a heat load test. Have a Minneapolis air conditioning professional perform a heat load calculation on your home to determine if you have the right size unit to keep your home cool. If your unit is too small, it will run continuously in an effort to bring the temperature to a cool enough level. This wastes an enormous amount of energy and keeps your bill high. The right size unit for your house cuts your costs and saves energy.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat increases your energy efficiency without losing your comfort by allowing you to set an ideal temperature. We recommend setting the thermostat to run continuously, in order to maintain a consistent temperature in your home
- Schedule regular maintenance. Every spring before it gets hot, schedule a Minneapolis air conditioning professional to inspect and service your air conditioning unit. This should include a test of the refrigerant pressure, as well as a check for any leaks ensuring that all components are performing properly. In addition they can also recommend changes to your system that will increase its energy efficiency.
- Up-grade to a brand new unit. This represents a cash outlay you may not like, but it will save you money, headaches and energy in the long run. The efficiency of central air conditioning units are regulated by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). In January 2006, a new law went into effect requiring new units to have a 13 SEER rating, signifying a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency. An older air conditioning system functions well below latest DOE standards.
If you want to learn more about which eco-friendly systems best meet your needs, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.
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