Your old, inefficient Heating and Air
Conditioning system is only adding costs to your ever-increasing utility
Upgrade now to a new high efficiency system and
possibly reduce your energy costs by 30-40% per year. The most efficient
systems on the market are up to 70% more efficient than the current
average. You could dramatically reduce or even eliminate the utility
increases while improving your comfort level. You may even qualify for a
CASH REBATE from your local utility or be able to purchase a system with
NO PAYMENTS or INTEREST for up to one year (subject to availability in
This can save you hundreds of dollars on the price of
your new system. Remember, the savings will continue for years to come,
since a high-efficiency system means lower electric bills month after
month. So while a high-efficiency cooling and heating system may cost a
little more up front compared to a less efficient system, you'll recover
the price difference in a very short time.
Central air conditioners are rated on their seasonal
energy efficiency ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating, the more
efficient the unit. The minimum SEER rating allowed to be sold today is
10. Models with SEER ratings of 12 or better are recommended.
Click here to view the table, which shows the savings possible on your
electric bill when you replace an existing inefficient air conditioning
system will a higher efficiency system. *
This chart is calculated for a 36,000 BTUH (3-ton)
system with a cost of KWH of 8 cents. If your system or cost per KWH is
larger or smaller, you can still get an idea of just how significant your
savings can be.
To determine how much you'll save each year, find the
point where your present system's Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or
SEER (top of table) meets the SEER of the new system you are considering
(left side of table).
(Equipment installed before 1980 generally has a SEER
rating of 7 to 8. SEER ratings also decrease over the life of a unit. To
get the exact energy-efficiency rating of your existing unit, you may wish
to contact an air conditioning contractor with the model numbers of your
indoor and outdoor equipment, or look at the energy-efficient label on
equipment installed after 1988.) For example, if your existing system's
SEER is 7, and you replace it with a system that has a SEER of 11.5,
you'll save $507 a year on your electric bill.
Let AC Doctor have a quality local contractor contact
you to evaluate your existing system and provide options, pricing and
discuss energy savings if you upgrade to a higher efficiency system. The
consultation will be free and without obligation.
Perform Regular Service and
In many cases, an air conditioning system is taken for
granted, receiving little or no maintenance unless the unit breaks down.
If a system is neglected, there is a gradual loss of efficiency, which can
add to operating costs without your knowledge.
Tuning up the air conditioning system, just as tuning
up a car, can reduce the operating costs and prolong the life of the
equipment. Before the hot weather arrives, schedule a tune-up with a
service professional for your air conditioning system to make sure it is
operating as efficiently as possible and that it has enough refrigerant to
cool properly. Low refrigerant can make the unit run more often and could
double your cooling costs. Have the professional inspect and, if
necessary, oil fans and motors on the condensing unit and the inside
Remember to clean the filters every month and the coils
and fins once a year. Clean filters keep dirt out of the return air duct
vent and out of your air conditioning system. If dirt gets into the
system, the system doesn't run as efficiently, and that costs you money. A
dirty filter that causes a 10% reduction in airflow can increase operating
costs by 11%.
*Based on 2800 annual cooling hours, 3-ton (36,000 BTUH)
A/C, and 9 cents per KWH