Energy Efficient Home Air Conditioning Systems
Since the initial invention of indoor air conditioning units, consumers have been forced into what can probably best be described as a love-hate relationship with them. On one hand they make the home more comfortable, as well as make the air inside cleaner and safer to breathe, which consumers love. On the other hand, they are also one of the biggest household expenses in terms of monthly cost.
In the past and even today, utility bills from inefficient air conditioning units can get so high that during peak summer months, some people actually have to juggle other expenditures in order to pay their monthly utility bill. This is obviously a very hard burden and today it really does not have to be the case.
As with all appliances, home air conditioning systems have come a long way in the past four decades and even more so in just the past five to ten years. Advances in air conditioning technology, design and manufacturing mean they can be designed with the newest technology, which allows them to operate more efficiently. They can now also be built with the latest manufacturing techniques, which in turn allows them to be made less expensively.
All this means that today's modern indoor air conditioning systems are the most efficient and overall cost-effective air conditioning systems ever produced. This is not only good for the environment, it is good for consumers. According to the Environmental Energy & Study Group (EESG), a non-profit organization that advises Congress on energy efficiency and clean energy policy, it is estimated that from 1990 to 2030, consumers and businesses will save a combined $186 billion dollars (in 1997 dollars) due to the DOE energy efficiency standards.
Today's High-Efficiency Home Air Conditioning Systems
Today's homeowners have a wide variety of advanced, high-efficiency air conditioning systems to choose from when building their new home or installing a new unit in their existing home. Just as appliances have energy efficiency ratings to help consumers choose which one is best for them, so do air conditioning systems.
An air conditioning unit's efficiency is rated using what is called its "seasonal energy efficiency rating" or SEER. A unit's SEER is determined by measuring the total cooling output the unit could provide in a year (in BTUs), divided by the total energy needed to provide that cooling (in watt-hours). The SEER rating for all air conditioning units are on their yellow Energy Guide tag.
The minimum requirement for new home construction is to install units with a SEER 13 rating or better. Some new units are reaching a SEER rating of 25. At Charles Boyd Construction, Inc. we highly recommend using units that have a SEER rating of 16 or better.
Another way in which today's modern air conditioning systems have changed in a major way is that many of the better systems will have highly effective, built-in air purification systems that will dramatically improve the air quality in your home. These systems are so advanced they are up to 8 times more effective than standard HEPA filters and can remove up to 99.98% of the airborne allergens in your air.
At Charles Boyd Construction LLC., we usually always recommend using one of the Trane® Clean Air systems and one of our comfort specialists will be able to help you select just the right system for your home, based on your individual household's air conditioning demands.
Benefits Of A High-Efficiency Home Air Conditioning System
There are many benefits to spending a few extra dollars up front and choosing the best quality, highest efficiency air conditioning system for your new home. Here are just a few:
Big Savings Over The Lifetime Of The Unit
Today's new AC units operate between 40 to 50 percent more efficiently than units built just 15 years ago. According to Florida Power and Light, you can expect to save 10% of your cooling cost for every 1 SEER increase in your cooling unit. In Central Florida, the average homeowner runs their air conditioner 8 to 9 months out of the year. With about 70% of the average power bill being generated from air conditioning, you can easily see that a more efficient unit is one of the better investments that a homeowner can make. The savings you will see monthly will be based on the actual unit you install and how it is used. Adding a feature such as a programmable thermostat, for just a few hundred dollars, can increase your monthly savings even more. On average, depending on its SEER rating and how the unit is used, you may see a payback of the initial cost difference in as little as 3-5 years. This translates into big savings over the 10-15 year lifespan of your unit.
The Most Effective Air Cleaning Technology On The Market Today
The quality of the air in your home is vitally important to the health of your family and the proper AC system can help you live worry-free about the quality of the air inside your home.
Scientists from Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), along with the Harvard School of Public Health, conducted research that shows the Trane CleanEffects™, a whole-house air cleaner, removes up to 99.98 percent of all the particles and allergens from the filtered air. This is a staggering 100 times more effective than the standard 1" filter systems and you would need eight HEPA filters to achieve the same results. The same Harvard research concluded that "Trane CleanEffects™ is the world's most effective whole-house air filtration system". We will be glad to discuss installing this amazing system in your home.
Increased Comfort Year-Round
The engineering and quality that go into the new AC systems today not only help them deliver cleaner air and do it more efficiently, but they also deliver much better humidity and temperature control, which in turns improves the comfort level in your home year-round. This is particularly true with air conditioning units having a SEER of 16 or greater. These units incorporate variable speed motors on both the inside and outside unit. With the variable speed motors, the fan normally runs at low speed up to 80% of the time. This not only draws less amps but also removes a much higher quantity of moisture from the air which makes your home more comfortable to live in.
Today's AC units are much quieter and more reliable than any other AC units in history and are built to deliver you years and years of reliable, trouble-free, extremely quiet service. The variable speed units are especially quite since they run on low speed most of the time.
Increased Resale Value
Last but not least, installing a high-end AC unit in your new home will provide you with years of clean air and comfort, but can also still help maintain or even increase the resale value of your home as far ahead as ten years later.
Charles Boyd Construction Inc. are comfort specialists in Brevard County and we specialize in Trane® Air Conditioning Systems. We are here to help you and will be glad to thoroughly discuss all of your options and recommend the very best air conditioning and heating system to install to get the most out of your building dollars.
Recommendation: At Charles Boyd Construction, Inc. we recommend using an air conditioning system with a SEER of 16 or higher. This unit is a little more expensive than the standard 13 SEER units but they are much more efficient, much quieter and create a more comfortable living environment. The monthly savings on your power bill will easily pay for the extra cost of this unit in less than 4 years.