Purchasing a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner
EFFICIENCY RATING & LONG-TERM VALUE
The SEER (or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating is the best way to figure out what your unit’s performance will be like. Essentially, this rating tells you how much cooling is produced per amount of energy spent. Economy-level models can expect SEER ratings that range anywhere from 13 to 18, while premium air conditioners in Canada can reach ratings of up to 21 – 23.
In addition to the SEER rating, another factor that can determine your air conditioner’s long-term value is whether or not it achieves ENERGY STAR certification. These models are promised to be exceptionally energy-efficient while also producing less of an environmental impact. ENERGY STAR-certified air conditioners with a high SEER rating may seem like an expensive investment at first, but they’re able to promise greater savings in the long-term.
FAQ: What factors are affecting my Air Conditioner’s operating costs?
Once you’ve gotten your new air conditioner installed, you may start to wonder what some of the factors are that influence your unit’s operating costs. Assuming that your cooling system was installed correctly by an experienced and certified HVAC technician, these are a few of the specific elements that can impact your unit’s monthly cost:
The size and location of your home.
The larger your home, the more electricity it will require to thoroughly cool it. Additional factors such as the amount of trees and shade, as well as the direction your home faces will influence how much power is needed.
The amount your air conditioner is being used.
Depending on how much you decide to use your air conditioner will influence how much your monthly bill will be. Some homeowners prefer to cool their house 24/7 during the summer, while others limit their usage to only the warmest of days.
How insulated is your home?
If your home is well insulated then it will be able to retain better the cool air that is produced by your air conditioner, while also keeping warm arm outside.
Peterborough’s weather and climate.
The specific temperature of Peterborough during the warm spring and summer months will determine how much you will have to use your air conditioner.
The efficiency of your specific unit.
Your monthly cooling costs are directly related to how efficient your air conditioner is. The higher the SEER rating your unit has, the more significant energy savings you’ll be able to expect.
When exactly during the day are you using your unit.
Another aspect to consider is when exactly during the day your air conditioner is operating, electricity prices can spike during peak hours.
If your air conditioner begins to experience performance issues, knowing that you have good warranty coverage can save you a great deal of stress. Many manufacturers will offer a base 10-year warranty on parts, while some more comprehensive coverages will also include additional warranties for labour and as well as specific components, such as the compressor. When you’re looking to purchase a new air conditioner, always make sure to see what kind of coverage you can expect, and always remember to register your unit within the allotted time period to activate your warranty.
Government Rebates Available
Certain rebates are available through the Heating and Cooling Incentive Program to those who purchase an ENERGY STAR-certified cooling system. Otherwise, you may find rebates from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) when you purchase a furnace as well as an air conditioner or tankless water heater.