A high-efficiency air conditioner offers more of everything. Although standard AC units are rated only 13 on the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) scale, high-efficiency air conditioners deliver SEER performance as high as 23. These units cool more effectively and provide enhanced convenience options. Such perks as a dual-stage compressor automatically drops back to a reduced output when the cooling requirements decline, therefore conserving energy. A variable-speed fan provides more continuous, consistent air circulation than the standard, single-speed blower. The smart programmable thermostat automates comfort settings and keeps your home temperature exactly where you want it when you want it.
Another factor that increases with high-efficiency cooling is the upfront cost to purchase it. However, the expense of operating an air conditioner extends far beyond the sticker price that you see at your HVAC contractor’s showroom. The lifetime costs of a high-efficiency central air conditioner over its typical 15 to 20-year service life frequently offset the higher initial outlay. And all the time you’re saving money you’re also getting the benefits of increased performance and comfort.
Here are some of the ways that upgrading to high-efficiency means lower lifetime cost:
- Reduced energy bills. From day one, a high-efficiency unit uses substantially less electricity than a standard unit while delivering superior cooling performance. For each number you advance up the SEER scale, you can expect to reduce energy consumption by as much as 7 percent.
- Longer service life. High-efficiency units are engineered for extended life. This is evidenced by the fact that many high-efficiency units offer superior warranties compared with standard AC.
- Fewer repair issues. Components are usually higher grade and the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology is incorporated into the design. The system is optimized for reduced wear and tear.
In Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana or Southwest Michigan, Comfort24-7.com has a proven track record of year-round heating and cooling expertise and customer satisfaction. Ask us about the comfort benefits and lower lifetime cost of a high-efficiency air conditioner upgrade in your home.