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Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

Air conditioning units. Wall, portable, Trane, and more information.

Air conditioning is a common fixture for homes in hotter climates and it can be used to cool the rooms in your home to a more comfortable temperature. However if you need to have your AC working for extensive periods it can use a lot of energy. With fuel prices as they are today this can be an expensive prospect and to try and save costs it can be an idea to look to energy efficient air conditioners. These can help to reduce the energy required to run an AC and this in turn can mean cost savings.

If you are considering energy efficient air conditioners for your home one way to identify this is by checking the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of an air conditioner. This is standard method of rating the energy efficiency of central air conditioners which are typically used to cool an entire property. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit will be.

For a wall or window mounted unit the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) is a more typical rating, although again the higher this is the more energy efficient the unit will be. When shopping for an air conditioner it is therefore worth checking the SEER or EER rating of the air conditioner you are considering to determine its energy efficiency. This will help to ensure you purchase an energy efficient model.

Many manufacturers also comply with the Energy Star labeling program although this tends to be voluntary. An Energy Star rated AC will typically have a higher EER or SEER and be more energy efficient. Generally it is considered Energy Star air conditioners are around 10-15% more efficient than equivalent unit that is not Energy Star rated. Although this may not seem a lot, over time this can turn into a reasonable cost reduction in terms of the energy saved in running the AC.

While the cost of purchasing air conditioners that are energy efficient can typically be a little more expensive this will be more than paid back during the life of the AC unit in terms of lower electricity bills. Some of the companies that produce the best energy efficient air conditioners include Frigidaire, Sunpentown and Kenmore. An example of this is the Frigidaire 12,000 BTU Room Air Conditioner. This costs around $330 to purchase and is large enough for rooms of 640 square feet in size. It is Energy Star rated and includes energy saver and sleep modes which help to reduce the amount of energy required to run the device.

The Kenmore 75101 model 10,000 BTU Air Conditioner is another energy efficient air conditioner that gets good ratings. This is a window AC that is sufficient for rooms of around 500 square feet. It is Energy Star rated and also includes an energy saver mode that switches the unit off when the desired temperature is reached. It will then cycle on and off to maintain the temperature and this can help to save on the electricity needed to run it. This unit typically costs around $300 to purchase.

If you have older AC units in your home or are considering installing an AC, then it is common sense to look to energy efficient air conditioners. These will save on the electricity needed to run the AC and this in turn will lead to cost savings. They are also more environmentally friendly as they use less energy and for these reasons they can be a good choice for the AC in your home.