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Why Newer Air Conditioners Are More Efficient

It doesn’t matter how much money you spent on your air conditioner 20+ years ago, all models produced today are going to run more efficiently. According to the EPA, replacing your old AC with a newer, more energy-efficient model, could reduce your utility bills by 20–40%. That’s a huge amount of savings, right?

Now, you’re probably asking yourself about what the big difference is between an old and new air conditioner, right? Well, components like a variable speed air handler, a thermal expansion valve, and other pieces can provide immense differences over time as you use your air conditioner. Certain types of air conditioners are getting better at high humidity, which also makes them more efficient. The bottom line is that there are much more efficient models out there to look into if you’re in the market for HVAC service in North Olmstead, OH. We can help explain a little bit why these models are more efficient if you keep reading!

What to Look Out for in an Efficient AC

It’s not just the components of a new air conditioner that can help save money on your energy bills, but the installation and maintenance of it as well. Correct installation is absolutely paramount to the efficiency of the system. Correctly done sizing calculations, duct inspection for hard bends or leaks, and an airflow verification can eliminate complaints that you might have down the road. Let’s discuss what else can prove to you that a newer AC system will be more efficient.

Efficiency Improvements

Want to know exactly what’s been changing in the past few years to make air conditioners more effective and efficient? Well, let’s take a closer look.

  • Smart Thermostats. These handy devices save money by allowing you to operate your air conditioner from your smartphone, no matter where you are. It might not seem like much at first, but this definitely saves money over time.
  • Inverter Technology. Inverter air conditioners have variable speeds, whereas older, inverter-less air conditioners function at a fixed speed. That means an older unit is either running at full capacity or not at all. An inverter air conditioner can run the compressor at the desired speed to fit your cooling needs and save you money.
  • Ductless Systems. Ductless air conditioners are more efficient but most homeowners don’t know why. Simply enough, it’s easy to lose conditioned air in the ductwork system of your home. With a ductless system, the air ducts are completely taken out of the equation. Without those ducts, you could save money on your energy bills.

These three points make a world of difference for homeowners who are looking to lower their energy consumption. Having an inverter air conditioner with a smart thermostat could cut your energy bill in half if it’s installed the right way. As we become better at building more effective and efficient HVAC systems, our air conditioners will get better and better. So, no need to clutch your ancient system and keep it as long as you possibly can—as soon as the repair costs get too expensive to keep up with, consider replacing it for a newer, more efficient model.

Do you have questions about a new air conditioning system? Contact Westland Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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