Why Is an Energy-Efficient AC Important?


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Article by JasonFraser

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It won’t be long before many of us start feeling the sting of skyrocketing summer AC bills. After all, air conditioning systems in Argyle, TX, are bound to operate in overtime mode to keep our homes comfortable. And as they run … and run … and run, your bill goes up … and up … and up. Most of us are used to this way of life by now and budget for the craziness, but you may want to take a closer look at whether or not you have an energy-efficient AC — especially if your bills are a little higher than usual.


The older your AC unit is, the less efficient it will be. As a result, you might notice energy-wasting symptoms like the following:


•    Higher energy bills

•    Your AC unit never seems to shut off

•    Your house doesn’t have a consistent temperature from room to room

•    The AC can’t reach the desired set point temperature

•    Frequent AC repairs

•    Inaccurate thermostat readings

•    Increased humidity inside your home


If Your AC is 10 Years Old or Older, Get it Looked At


The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a rating system that measures how energy efficient your air conditioner is. And by energy efficient, we mean your system’s ability to use less electricity and fuel to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Your system’s SEER rating can be found in the owner’s manual or on the unit itself, and it is calculated by taking the ratio of your AC’s output of cooling energy over a period of time and dividing it by the amount of energy it uses.


The higher that SEER rating is, the more energy efficient your AC unit is.


For example, 15.2 is the new SEER minimum standard in 2023 to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR specifications. Modern AC units can have a rating between 15 and 22.


Conversely, less efficient systems might have a SEER rating as low as eight or nine.


There are a litany of reasons why having an energy-efficient AC is important. Here are just a few:


1.   Lower energy bills — Energy-efficient systems cost more upfront but generally pay for themselves rather quickly in the long run simply because you’re not spending near as much each month on energy bills.

2.   Longer lifespan — As your energy-efficient AC uses less energy, it doesn’t have to work near as hard to keep your home comfortable. As a result, the normal wear and tear on parts and components is significantly reduced.

3.   Not as many repairs — To piggyback off the previous benefit, efficiency also equals fewer repairs. You’ll find that your system is prepared to handle even the harshest of weather conditions, and you’re not calling your favorite HVAC contractor as much.

4.   Environmentally friendly — It feels good to know that while you’re cooling your home this summer with an energy-efficient AC, you’re also doing your part to help the environment.

5.   Rebates and incentives — New federal income tax credits are available through 2032, providing up to $3,200 annually to lower the cost of energy-efficient home upgrades by up to 30 percent. Improvements such as installing heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, insulation, doors and windows, as well as electrical panel upgrades, home energy audits, and more, are covered by the tax credits and can help families save money on their monthly energy bills for years to come.  


Click here to see what’s included in A&A Air’s Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter preventative maintenance checklists.


Call A&A Air in Lantana, TX, Today!


Along with having a more energy-efficient AC system, preventative maintenance from a trusted HVAC repair technician ensures your system lasts even longer and helps you avoid costly repairs. At A&A Air, we take your family’s comfort seriously. We know our job inside and out and respond promptly.


All you need to do is give us a call today!


We proudly serve Lantana, TX, and surrounding areas. You can email us at customercare@AAair.net or call 972-951-1320.

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