Purchasing a High-Efficiency Central A/C
Efficiency Rating & Long-Term Value
Every air conditioner system comes with a SEER (or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating that lets you know how efficient of a model it is. This helps narrow down your decision-making process by effectively ranking the air conditioners depending on their capabilities. Premium-grade units will typically feature SEER performance ratings of range from 18 up to 23, whereas entry-level models often offer ratings from 13 to 16. Ultimately, these ratings give homeowners a decent idea as to how much cooling they can expect for the amount of energy spent.
ENERGY STAR certification is another factor to look out for when searching for a new high-efficiency air conditioner. These specific units are certified as such thanks not only to their impressive SEER performance ratings but also their environmentally-friendly operation. Although the air conditioners with higher SEER ratings typically cost more, these units can guarantee long-term savings thanks to their energy-efficiency performance.
FAQ: How do I guarantee long-term dependability from my air conditioner?
Air conditioners, like most other HVAC systems, often represent a fairly expensive investment for Canadian homeowners. Therefore, it’s important that these cooling systems perform efficiently for as long as possible, but how can you ensure that your unit can achieve long-term success? Energy.gov cites that the average lifespan of a central air conditioner ranges from 15 to 20 years, and similar to other complex equipment this figure can vary depending on well how you can care for it.
These simple tips can help you guarantee the long-term efficiency of your air conditioning system:
Regularly clean or replace your air filter to ensure optimal internal component performance
Eliminate overgrowth and debris in the yard area around the outside unit to improve operation and air circulation
- Prevent rusting and algae growth by emptying the unit’s drain pan
- Use a vacuum to clean the registers in the ceiling and floor
- Clean the condenser and evaporator coils whenever appropriate
Beyond these easy maintenance practices, it’s important always to contact a certified HVAC technician should you notice any serious performance issues.
The level of warranty coverage that Canadian consumers can expect to receive depends completely on not only the manufacturer they choose but also the specific unit. Typically, most brands will offer a base limited 10-year parts protection warranty on their entry-level and mid-range air conditioners. However, some manufacturers offer a sliding scale of warranty coverage to protect your investment best. These will often include an additional replacement warranty for your unit should its vital internal components begin to defect, such as the compressor.
Remember to always register your products after purchase to activate your warranty protection. Additionally, talk to your HVAC contractor to find out what kind of labour warranty they might provide.
Government Rebates Available
When you purchase a high-efficiency furnace as well as an air conditioner or a tankless water heater, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) can offer you potential rebates. Otherwise, the Heating and Cooling Incentive Program may be able to offer additional rebates for purchasing an ENERGY STAR-certified air conditioning system.