Saving money on utilities is not as hard as people seem to think. If we were more vigilant and paid attention our energy consumption would be something we could easily control. Air conditioning is great to have for obvious reasons, it improves the quality of the air we breathe indoor and most importantly, keeps us cool when the temperature is unbearable. It can be hard to survive the summer without air-conditioning but air conditioners have gotten a bad rap for being energy hogs. Thankfully, technology has evolved and we now have advanced design systems that are efficient but and energy efficient. if you have an old air conditioning system that is not that efficient but there are certain upgrades that you can make to get the most out of your air conditioner and improve the efficiency of your AC and reduce its energy consumption.
How to Improve Energy Efficiency
The efficiency of air conditioners is referred to as SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the rating is the greater the air conditioning system is, however, there has been legislation passed by governments in a bid to save the overall energy consumption in residential building and commercial building with HVAC systems. Under the new laws, residential air conditioning system should have a minimum rating of 13 SEER. Older systems have a lower rating of 7- 10 SEER.
Add a dehumidifier
A dehumidifier can help you run the actual AC less often. This is because most of the time when the air around is hot, it has less humidity. Humidity makes it hard for you to cool down naturally. To counter the drop in humidity people end up turning the AC down and running it at a colder setting than necessary. If you have a humidifier you can save money because the temperature in a room will not be affected by humidity and you might notice that you don’t have to turn your AC that often.
Use Zone Control
Zone control systems work within the ductwork. It works by having a series of dampers that open and close to regulate airflow into different rooms. This means instead of cooling an entire building, you can only cool one room or area that you are occupying and not waste energy cooling unoccupied rooms. Zone control is also good at cooling those areas that don’t always get the best air flowing through them. This all means you use energy efficiently in spaces that need air conditioning.
Install an automation system
There are technological advances that have been with regard to automated systems for air conditions. Upgrade to one that enables you to control your system remotely on a smartphone. It is easy to see or work out how much your air conditioner affects the overall energy consumption in your home.
Always compare the cost of an upgrade and the lifespan, it will have in relation to the cost of a new system that already has the required energy rating. Upgrading your old system with a SEER of 7-10 to a SEER 13 level can reduce your electricity consumption by 21- 42%.
We offer specialist services that will assess your home and the condition of your current AC system to help you identify the most efficient upgrade you can make. Contact us now to learn more about our air conditioning services.