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What are the Features of an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner?

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small_6365655015 (1)The air conditioners that are available today are many times more efficient than the systems that were available just a decade or two ago. Various different energy-saving features have been introduced that allow today’s systems to consume less energy than ever before. Today we’re going to highlight some of the features of energy efficient air conditioners that you should look out for when you’re in the market for a new system!

What are the SEER ratings of energy efficient air conditioners?

The air conditioners that we install these days have much higher SEER ratings than air conditioners of old. In fact, in 2006 the minimum-allowed SEER rating for new installations was raised from 10 to 13 (a 30% efficiency increase).

If you want an energy efficient air conditioner, we recommend choosing a unit that at least meets the requirements for the Energy Star label: 14.5 SEER. Systems are also available with SEER ratings up to 18, and you’ll spend less on energy costs by choosing a system with a higher efficiency rating.

How do today’s air handlers help improve air conditioner efficiency?

Some of the most important air conditioner advancements in recent years have been related to increased air handler efficiency. A couple energy-saving features that relate to today’s air handlers include:

What other energy efficient features should you look for in an air conditioner?

If you have any questions about an energy efficient air conditioner, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis heating and air conditioning contractor. We serve the St. Louis area, including towns like O’Fallon, St. Charles and St. Paul.

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