If you’re shopping for a new air conditioning system, the best way to control your energy costs is to purchase a high efficiency variable speed system. Variable speed means your system varies its speed depending on your home’s cooling requirements. Because of this, variable speed systems are more efficient than single-stage systems. Efficiency ratings also matter. When you match a 14, 16 or 18 SEER air conditioner with a variable speed air handler, you can rest assured that you’ve selected a home comfort system that is one of the quietest and most energy efficient available today.
- Change your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, think about replacing it with ENERGY STAR certified equipment, which has higher efficiency ratings than standard models. Ask your contractor about following ENERGY STAR''s Quality Installation guidelines.
Check your air filter every month, especially during heavy use months. If the filter looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter slows down air flow and makes your system work harder to keep you comfortable.
Choose an Energy Star certified room air conditioner. ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners use about 10 percent less energy than standard models and on average, cost less than $70 per year to run
Clean the area around the outdoor components of your HVAC system. Maintain your HVAC equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Airflow problems can reduce your system''s efficiency by up to 15 percent.