If your air conditioner isn’t a newer, more updated model, you might want to purchase a newer, more energy efficient model. Generally, more energy efficient air conditioners will have an Energy Star label. You are assured that air conditioners bearing this label consume less than 15% of the energy than other new models and up to 30% less than air conditioners that are about ten years old. These models might cost a little more, but they save energy and money in the long-run. You should also consider installing home insulations for best results.
Contemporary air conditioner manufacturers are legally required to evaluate and rate their products by energy efficiency. The resulting number of the rating is called SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating). The higher the rating, the more efficient the model and the more you will save on energy costs over the life of the machine. For instance, SEER 13 machines are 30% more efficient than SEER 10 machines. Laws in 2006 began to require newly manufactured air conditioning units to have at least 13 SEER. In addition, the higher the SEER number on the model, the fewer greenhouse emissions emitted into the environment.
For example, the Rheem Prestige Series High Efficiency air conditioning unit has a SEER of 18, which is among the highest number of SEER units available. However 18 SEER models can be costly and are not the norm in homes in temperate and maritime climates and other climates who only seasonally experience extreme heat with 19 being the largest amount of SEER available on the market. Keep in mind, the Rheem Prestige Series are central air conditioning units, which tend to have a higher SEER.
On average, most homes appear to have air conditioners with SEER numbers of around 11.8. Pay close attention to these numbers when purchasing a unit in addition to its BTU rating. The BTU (British Thermal Unit) measures the energy required to cool or heat one pound of water by one degree.
Below are some of the most cost-effective and quality, energy saving units available on the market today in a reasonable price range for most families and individuals. Energy Efficient Air Conditioners
Frigidaire Model FFRE0833Q1 Air Conditioner – For just under $250 on average, this air conditioner has a thermometer in its remote control and has sleep mode, which saves energy while you slumber and makes the room’s temperature just right as you sleep. At 8,000 BTU output, this model has a SEER of 11.3.
LG Model LW1014ER Air Conditioner – This model costs just under $300 on average and exhibits 11.3 SEER and is powered by 10,000 BTUs. This energy star-qualified air conditioner also serves as a dehumidifier and can produce dry air flow for comfort at all temperatures.
Kenmore 70051 Air Conditioner – For under $175, this 11 SEER air conditioner comes in black or white and puts out 5,200 BTUs. This model is efficient and Earth-friendly and lightweight at just above 40 pounds. This model is quiet and though quite compact, it remains highly efficient and earth friendly.