Benefits of a higher SEER Air Conditioner
Efficiency is expressed as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. The minimum SEER for a split system central air conditioner allowed today is 13, so look for units with SEER ratings of 13 or greater. The higher the SEER, the more you can lower your energy costs. 13 Seer units are mostly installed in northern climates, but higher SEER units although cost more upfront, can definitely reduce electrical power usage over time.
What are the advantages of a two stage Air Conditioner?
Air conditioners are sized to keep up with the peak demand in the middle of summer. There are only a few days per year when the peak temperatures are actually attained. This means for most of the year, the air conditioner is over-sized for the space it was cooling. By choosing a two stage option, the air conditioner will operate on the first stage running more efficiently and at a lower sound level.
How long to install an Air Conditioner?
Air Conditioner installations can vary a great deal. How much work to bring the installation up to code and the working conditions both inside and outside the home are definite factors. Generally speaking, most Air Conditioner installations are completed inside six hours.
Are permits required for a new Air Conditioner?
Permits are not only required, but you as a homeowner should insist that the air conditioner gets inspected. Installations that do not meet code can cause serious problems and even death. Furthermore, your homeowners insurance does have the legal right to not provide compensation in the event that the poor installation caused the loss. Permits in most areas cost approximately $100.00-$150.00 and for the peace of mind, having the installation up to code and your insurance intact is well worth it.
Programmable thermostats have become hugely popular in recent years due to their energy saving benefits, improved comfort control and convenience. Programmable thermostats save energy and money on utility bills, without compromising comfort by allowing residents to set home temperatures according to various different factors.