Purchasing a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner
EFFICIENCY RATING & LONG-TERM VALUE
How efficient your air conditioner runs relates directly to the type of long-term value that you’ll be able to expect from it. The unit’s SEER rating (or Season Energy Efficiency Ratio) is able to provide you with a good idea how efficient the performance will be, specifically telling consumers how much cooling they can expect per amount of energy spent.
Another effective way of deciding which high-efficiency air conditioner to choose is to check whether or not a unit is ENERGY STAR certified. This promises that the air conditioner is efficient as well as environmentally friendly.
FAQ: “Do Air Conditioners Dehumidify?”
Although only averaging around 20 degrees Celsius, Montreal’s summers are notorious for being especially humid. This moisture in the air encourages mould and fungus growth, while also making the summer air wholly uncomfortable and sticky.
Air conditioners function by cooling and circulating air throughout your home. Although it’s not a primary function of your air conditioner, it does contribute to dehumidification. Throughout its process of pulling, cooling, and recirculating air, your air conditioner is able to remove some of the moisture from the air passively. Compared to a dehumidifier, air conditioners are vastly less efficient in this regard, but they do still help fight the issue.
Should you find that your air conditioner is not removing enough moisture from the thick Montreal heat, consider investing in a portable dehumidifier. Not only will this make your home’s air feel cooler, but it’ll help your air conditioner operate more efficiently.
One important factor to consider before purchasing a new air conditioning system is the comprehensiveness of the manufacturer’s warranty coverage. The only way to fully enjoy your unit’s efficient cooling is by guaranteeing it’s properly insured. Although many brands vary in their levels of coverage, a handful of them operate on a sliding scale. This means that you certain coverages depending on the level of your investment, whether economy, mid, or premium level models.
Many manufacturers offer an entry-level 10-year warranty on parts and nothing else, so you’ll have to research what’s available to find the coverage that is right for you. Additionally, remember always to register your unit within an appropriate time period to activate your own warranty.
Furthermore, the contractor you purchase your air conditioner from, should also provide a labour and installation warranty of at least 1 or 2 years.
Government Rebates Available
When you’re looking to purchase a new air conditioner for your Montreal home, be sure to check here if there are any government rebates available to help with your costs. If you’re interested in an ENERGY STAR-certified cooling system, the Heating and Cooling Incentive will be able to offer rebates for you.
None currently, check back soon as we update these regularly.