When your cooling equipment takes its last breath, you want to get it back up and running quickly. Connecticut summers can be brutal, and erratic weather patterns this year make it all the more essential to your comfort. Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning suggests taking the following questions into account when you make your decision:
What kind of fuel source will save me the most money?
In general, most Connecticut homeowners use a central air-conditioning system powered by electricity. There are greener options out there, however. Geothermal systems are one of the hottest commodities in the heating and cooling market right now. Their reputation is merited because they are highly efficient and use a free, renewable source for fuel: the ground’s temperature. These systems use loops installed underground to harness the energy, and then use it to circulate conditioned air throughout your home.
What efficiency ratings should I look for?
Central air-conditioning systems have benefitted from advancements in cooling technology that increase efficiency. Cooling equipment is rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), and high-efficiency systems start at SEER 16 and go up to SEER 23. These high-efficiency units use less electricity, and you can expect considerable savings from them.
Which features increase efficiency?
Many air conditioners today include variable-speed air handlers that can adjust the speed of air delivery to save electricity and increase the home’s comfort. Dual-stage compressors function at a lower speed during milder summer temperatures, saving energy, and ramp up to high speeds when it’s really hot, so you get peak capacity only when you need it. Thermal Expansion Valves (TXVs) give the system the ability to regulate refrigerant flow by allowing the system to move more refrigerant for increased cooling loads and scale it back during milder summer weather.
Use these questions to evaluate your cooling equipment options by looking at fuel source, efficiency ratings, and features that enhance energy savings. Your comfort is important to Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning. Call us today for a consultation and we’ll review these options with you so you can make an educated decision on replacing your cooling equipment.
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