That’s no news! When summer comes running in, the air conditioner becomes our prized possession; our favorite appliance in the house (no one wants to go about sweating!). However, the usage of an air conditioner which gulps energy would have some serious implications on your wallet.
So, what should we aim for? An air conditioner which doesn’t only keep the house cool enough, but is also energy efficient. Then the question fills our minds…
How Do I Choose An Energy Efficient Air Conditioner?
There are a few things you should watch out for when picking an air conditioner for your home. Following these tips would enable you to keep your energy bill-and your home’s temperature- low.
Pick the Right Size Depending on Your Room
Using an AC that is too large would cool the air, but leave it damp and clammy. A too-small air conditioner will have to overwork itself to keep the room at your preferred temperature. Either way, you would end up with an energy bill more than your expectations. Before taking a trip to the store or logging in to amazon, your first point of action should be measuring the size of your room; and picking an air conditioner that is neither too large or too small.
Whatever type of air conditioner you wish to buy- a mini-split system or a central air conditioner- you might need some professional estimation in order to have an actual size calculation, not a ballpark estimate.
High Energy Ratings
If you are new to the air conditioner market, you’ve probably observed that each air conditioner has its own peculiar EER and SEER rating. EER stands for energy efficiency ratio while SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. In as much as these two ratings look similar, they are not interchangeable.
How do you calculate the EER rating of a unit? Easy. Divide the BTU (British thermal unit) rating of the unit by the wattage it consumes. EER is calculated when the outside temperature is 95 degrees Fahrenheit. However, SEER is more like an average rating calculated over a range of temperatures.
The bottom line is a higher EER or SEER rating means a higher efficiency of your unit. Reading more articles in order to get these eer rating explained would help you make more informed choices when you head out to the store. While most people wouldn’t prefer to purchase a unit with a higher efficiency rating due to its increased price, you will save money in the long run by using an energy-efficient unit.
Energy-Saving Setting and Programmable Temperature
One of the reasons some air conditioning unit gulps a lot of energy is its continuous functioning even after the space in question, is cooled enough. Another important feature you should look out for before getting some bucks out of your wallet is the inclusion of an energy-saving setting in the air conditioner.
Impact of this setting? When your room reaches your preferred pre-set temperature, the unit automatically turns off not only the compressor but also the fan; thus conserving energy. The presence of an energy-saving setting, alongside a programmable temperature makes a unit much more energy efficient.
Wi-Fi Enabled Air Conditioner
The world is venturing into smart homing. So, if you’ve begun flowing with the trend of including Alexa or Google Assistant in your home, buying an air conditioning unit that supports Wi-Fi connectivity should be next on your list. Smart systems make it significantly easy to customize your personal cooling schedules. Because these units are so adjustable and programmable, the energy-saving possibilities are limitless; and amazing!