Air On Demand Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Energy Efficiency’

Miami Air Conditioning Installation Tip: Why SEER Is Important

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Picking out a new central air conditioning system in Miami can be pretty complicated; there is a lot to take into account. You not only want an air conditioner that has the capacity to cool your home, but you also want a model that is energy efficient.

The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) that each central air conditioner has is a very important aspect to consider. SEER is a measure of the unit’s energy efficiency, which has a direct impact on how much you pay on your energy bills each month. The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient an air conditioner is.

However, very efficient air conditioners also tend be more expensive, so it’s important to weigh the energy savings compared to the initial cost. In order to figure out the difference in savings between air conditioners with different SEER ratings, you need to do a few calculations. An air conditioner with a SEER rating of 11 is approximately 7 percent more efficient than one with a SEER rating of 10. If you are spending $100 on your energy bill, upgrading to a SEER 11 air conditioner will save you $7. If your energy bills are higher (which they very probably are), that 7 percent will save you a lot more.

However, you probably won’t be upgrading from a SEER 10 to a SEER 11. Central air conditioners need to have an SEER of at least 14.5 to be ENERGY STAR qualified, and there are units with nearly twice that SEER rating! Those units can make a huge difference in your home’s energy use. Any new air conditioner you buy is probably going to be more energy efficient than your current unit, you just need to choose which model meets your homes needs and budget.

If you are interested in learning about the types of air conditioners that are available for your Miami home, give Air On Demand a call today!

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Miami AC Guide: Simple Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool

Monday, May 14th, 2012

As the days get hotter and hotter, you want to keep your home as cool as possible. While cranking up your Miami air conditioning system is tried and true solution, there are other ways you can keep your home cool (and help your AC work better). Improving your air conditioner’s energy efficiency is an added benefit of many of these tips.

  • A ceiling fan can help circulate the cool, air conditioned air through your home. A ceiling fan will also make you feel colder, so you can turn your thermostat up a few degrees, saving energy.
  • Pay attention to where you place your thermostat. If your thermostat is near a device that produces a lot of heat, like a TV or an oven, it will read the wrong temperature for the room and cause your AC to cool your home too much. A thermostat that is improperly calibrated can have the same issue. An accurate thermostat will keep your home comfortable, and it will save energy if you no longer have to constantly adjust the thermostat setting in attempt to get the right temperature.
  • Your landscaping can also affect how well your air conditioning system works. Adding trees or shrubs will shade your air conditioner, which leads to it using less electricity. However, make sure the plants to do not restrict the air flow.
  • Close curtains during the day to prevent added heat from entering your home. The curtains can add a layer of insulation that can keep your home cool.
  • Annual maintenance is the best thing you can do to keep your AC cooling effectively. A technician will clean your unit and replace any worn parts, so your air conditioner will be able to keep your home cool all summer. It also improves energy efficiency, which is something that you can appreciate every month when you get your energy bills!

Air conditioners cool and dehumidify your air, which can go a long way towards making your home comfortable this summer. By following these few simple steps, you can keep your home cool and save energy, which is something that everyone can appreciate. For more information about how to keep your Miami AC in peak condition this summer, give Air On Demand a call today!

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