Purchasing a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner
There are a number of important factors to consider when you’re looking to purchase a new air conditioner. Spend time researching what type of unit might work best in your Newfoundland home.
Not only does your air conditioner’s efficiency contribute to the overall comfort of your home, it plays a big part in influencing what your monthly costs will be like. It’s vital that you get a cooling system that strikes a healthy balance between expenses and reliable comfort.
SEER & ENERGY STAR
Two notable features that can indicate an air conditioner’s energy efficiency are SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and ENERGY STAR. An air conditioner SEER rating represents how much cool air a model can produce per unit of energy consumed. Premium tier air conditioners can have SEER ratings of up to 21, while less efficient entry-level models often have ratings that range from 13-16.
Certain air conditioners are able to achieve ENERGY STAR certification. These are units that adhere to EPA guidelines to promise energy efficiency, cost-savings, and to produce less of an environmental impact.
FEATURE SPOTLIGHT: COILS
All central air conditioning units have two distinct coils that can impact their unit’s overall efficiency. The evaporator coil and the condenser coil work in tandem to help deliver maximum comfort to your home.
Located inside or near the air handler where the blower fan is, evaporator coils contain refrigerant sent to them by the compressor. When warm air moves over the evaporator coil, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the air. Not only does the evaporator coil convert warm air into comfortable cooling, but it also helps to dehumidify your home.
Alternatively, the condenser coil can be found on the outside of your air conditioning unit. After the refrigerant absorbs heat from the air, it’s sent outside through copper tubes to the condenser unit. Here, the compressor pressurizes the refrigerant to convert it into a hot, high-pressure gas. The condenser coil is used to release much of the heat that was absorbed from your house.
Different manufacturers offer a range of coverage options depending on the specific air conditioner you choose. Some brands simply offer a simple 10-year warranty on parts, while other companies prefer to provide more comprehensive warranty coverage. Make sure to look carefully at what each manufacturer is willing to offer and then find the coverage that best suits your needs.
Also make sure that the HVAC contractor you buy from also offers at least a year of labour warranty on the installation, and ideally more than a year.
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Government Rebates Available
Residents and business owners in the Newfoundland area who have purchased eligible heating and cooling systems will find rebates available from Take Charge! Rebates change regularly so be sure to ask your chosen local contractor BEFORE purchasing and installation.