Purchasing a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner
EFFICIENCY RATING & LONG-TERM VALUE
As one of the most telling indicators of an air conditioning unit’s efficiency, you should always pay close attention to the SEER (or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. Entry-level models will often offer SEER ratings ranging from 13 to 18, whereas their premium tier counterparts can range up to 21. Effectively, this rating will give you a good idea of how much cooling is able to be produced per amount of energy spent.
Another factor in keeping an eye for is whether or not the air conditioner you’re interested in is ENERGY STAR certified. Not only does this certification promise that the unit in question is highly efficient, but it also guarantees that its operation will have less of an impact on the environment. Although an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating might cost you more money up front, you’ll undoubtedly notice that over time this unit will save you more money.
FEATURES SPOTLIGHT: FAN BLADES
Two questions that a lot of Canadian homeowners first consider when looking to purchase a new air conditioning system are:
- How efficient is this system?
- How quiet will this unit be able to operate?
A number of brands have been able to kill two birds with one stone when answering these questions, and that’s thanks to innovative new fan blade designs. The smallest adjustment to a high-functioning feature such as the fan blade can make an incredible difference in terms of performance. By attempting to produce them with a variety of different materials as well as making minute alterations to the shape and size of the fan blades, HVAC manufacturers have been able to improve overall efficiency while drastically reducing sound production.
During the humid summer months in Toronto, one of the last things you’ll want is an air conditioner that’s too loud. Few things are more grating on the nerves than a cooling system that you can hear bumbling, grunting, and chunking all night long. Swept air blades are able to more productively deliver comfortably cool air while simultaneously contributing to dehumidification, all the while remaining whisper quiet.
Keep SEER ratings high and decibel levels low with a modern air conditioner that places emphasis on good design.
Altogether you aren’t able to expect as comprehensive as a warranty coverage with a new air conditioner as you with a new furnace; however, many brands make it their business to keep their customers covered. You should be certain to invest in a system that is covered with at least 10 years of internal components warranty, as this tends to be one commonality amongst mid-range competitors.
Otherwise, certain manufacturers offer an additional replacement warranty should your unit experience issues with vital parts, such as the compressor – this is premium coverage. Always make sure to register your products after purchase to activate your warranty, as this is your responsibility.
In addition, ensure your HVAC contractor that you buy the unit and who performs the installation also provides at least 1 or 2 years of labour warranty.
Government Rebates Available
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) offer is able to offer rebates when you purchase a furnace with an air conditioner or a tankless water heater. Additionally, through the Heating and Cooling Incentive Program, there may be other rebates available for purchasing an ENERGY STAR-certified cooling system.
Homeowners in Toronto and East York are able to purchase the Combo Package (up to 2,300 sq. ft.) from City Home Comfort for $217/ Month – 36 Equal Payments – NO INTEREST – or $72 low monthly payments, which includes:
- Trane High-Efficiency Furnace – 60,000 btu, Two Stage DC Motor
- Trane Ameristar A/C Up to 2 Ton, 13 SEER, R410
- 4″ Media Filtration System w/ 2 media filters (3 years)
- 10 Years Warranty
- Free Nest Thermostat