The Difference Between Energy-Efficient ACs and Regular ACs

With heating and air conditioning bills on the rise, it’s never been more practical to invest in energy efficient air conditioning. Not only does an efficient unit help you save on your energy bills, but they’re also better for the environment.

Here are some of the main differences between air conditioning models.

Measuring efficiency in air conditioning systems

Each air conditioning unit has a SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. You can think of it in terms of a miles-per-gallon rating—a higher SEER rating means a more efficient system. All air conditioners must have a SEER ratio of 14 or higher according to United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Some modern energy-efficient air conditioning systems have a rating of up to 26 SEER, and ultra-efficient specialty systems can reach even higher ratings.

In general, the older your air conditioning unit, the less efficient it is. Even systems installed only a decade ago can’t reach the efficiencies of modern units. The older your system gets and the more it’s used, the less efficient it will run due to regular wear and tear. It’s often more practical to invest in a new system to keep your energy bills low.

Differences between regular ACs and energy-efficient models

The main difference between standard air conditioning systems compared to new, efficient ones is in performance. High-efficiency systems outperform their predecessors due to advancements in technologies.

The most efficient systems feature state-of-the-art variable compressors that turn on and off the system as little as possible while still maintaining a comfortable indoor air temperature. They also have a variable speed blower that controls airflow as it travels through the system, allowing you to maintain the exact temperature you want when you need it without constantly running.

What are some of the benefits you’ll experience when you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning system? Just some of the advantages include:

  • Less expensive to run: Efficient systems turn hot air into cold air without expending excess energy. In today’s market, where energy isn’t cheap, you’ll enjoy significant energy bill savings immediately.
  • Enhanced comfort: Today’s systems feature optimal humidity and temperature controls, making it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature and indoor air quality at home.
  • Better filtration: An efficient system with quality media filters traps dirt and air effectively due to their high surface area and accordion-style design. You’ll notice a great improvement in your indoor air quality, as the air that circulates from efficient systems is much cleaner compared to older ones.
  • Sound reduction: Many of today’s most advanced systems operate at a much lower volume thanks to upgraded fan blades and compressor sound blankets.

Now that you understand the differences between air conditioning models, schedule professional installation to make the most of your investment in an energy-efficient system. Contact Ashley Brothers Heating & Cooling today—we’ll install the most practical system for your needs and your budget, helping you keep your energy bills low while allowing you to maintain comfort in your home.