An air conditioner is one of the most effective home appliances when it comes to conserving energy and reducing emissions. An AC unit spares your home from having to draw from outside heat sources to keep cool; it draws its cool from the air itself.
This makes it more efficient, as its consumption of electricity is more targeted. For example, if you use a fan to cool down your house, the fan uses extra power even when the temperature is already regulated. This is because the fan still has to be turned on, even if it’s just blowing hot air around.
One of the huge benefits of air conditioners is its ability to function outside weather conditions. An AC unit attends to the air within your home, regardless of whether it’s freezing cold outside or if it is scorching hot. This is because air conditioners can be turned up to 28 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the temperature outside, so as to maintain a consistent air temperature.
Many air conditioners even have an “eco” mode that allows it to be energy efficient when the temperatures outside are at their highest.
Air con systems can pave the way for a more comfortable and healthy environment for you and your family. Air conditioning has an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years and most models can easily last longer. This can always reduce the financial burden you’d endure to replace your old air conditioning system.
Energy Cost Savings
Air conditioning uses less power which means lower electricity bills for you. Additionally, air conditioning systems are less expensive to repair and must be replaced less often than heat pumps.
Improved Air Quality
The compressor/condenser and evaporator in your air conditioning unit can help extend the life of your air filter. And, as an added benefit, the unit will also keep dust from escaping into the rest of your home.
Great Summer Quality Time
Waking up in extremely hot and humid weather can sometimes be unbearable. And it can also be dangerous for your health since it can lead to respiratory problems.
Also, summer heat can affect your activities, especially when you want to play with your children. With a home AC system, your summer will be enjoyable no matter how hot it gets.
Better air flow
In most cases, if you fix any problems that cause you to heat or cool the air coming into your home inefficiently, it will make your home more comfortable. In the long run, this will save you money because you won’t have to worry about getting new equipment.
Without an efficient HVAC system, heat escapes your house through cracks in windows, the walls and your chimney. In the summer, cool air vents out of your house through these openings as well. The problem with this is that if you spend a lot of money on heating and cooling your home, it can be lost out of these cracks.
Windows that either leak or are not weatherized, leak cool air during the summer, wasting money. In the winter, these same windows leak warm air and waste money again.
They Provide Energy Efficiency
A good HVAC system keeps you from wasting money heating and cooling your home. It takes an experienced HVAC professional to diagnose and repair all the problems of loss energy.
For example, there may be leaks in your ductwork. Heat escapes through the ducts in your home, without heating the house.
As another example, you may have weather stripping around doors that needs repaired or replaced. These doors leak warm air during the winter and cold air during the summer. This costs you, not only in heating and cooling costs but also in lost comfort.
Consistency in air
In an age where we have access to so many of our needs right at our fingertips, it’s gotten easier to skim out on some of the more basic needs, such as air temperature. There’s even a name for it: temperature denial. You work hard at your job all day, and then you come home and use your HVAC system to make your home optimally comfortable.
This can be particularly beneficial for families with small children, who should be in an environment that’s 70 degrees or cooler. If not, they’ll overheat at an alarming rate, and it wastes energy.
Larger homes are likely to have more than one HVAC unit, and the system also has to keep the air temperature consistent between the two sides of the units. However, with increased efficiency in modern units, this is no problem for the HVAC system to tackle.
Gives you high ROI
Good for the environment
Besides its use in blowing cold air in the cooler months and warm air in the warmer months, an AC unit is designed to help reduce energy consumption. Even the best HVAC systems reduce energy consumption and help you save money on those utility bills. You may think that because you’ve invested in a cooling system you might as well get the most out of it, and buy a big, fat one. But when you install a larger unit than the one that is strictly necessary, you run the risk of drawing too much energy. This wastes energy without achieving anything in terms of cooling. In fact, it can be counterproductive.
So how can you save on energy costs? Well, the energy increase and potential savings will vary with each home or building. That’s why it’s a good idea to take advantage of a home energy audit to help determine what size unit you need and how you can increase your savings.
The benefits of having AC and heating units installed in your home are numerous:
- Ensures your home remains comfortable
- Air flow is regulated for a uniform temperature
- Reduces energy costs
- Removes harmful organisms and gases
- Keeps moisture, dust and particles from the air
- Helps regulate the humidity in your home so it’s not too dry or too humid
There are many other benefits that can be a part of your home’s HVAC system, including:
- Weatherstripping and caulking to minimize heat or cold escape during the winter or in the summer
- Blinds or shades to match the window sizes and fit inside the window
- Integrated air cleaners
- A carbon monoxide detector to alert you when carbon monoxide is building up in your home
- Heating and cooling control systems mounted in the closet or walls to increase energy efficiency so you can save money on your utility bills
- Zoning control systems that allow you to set the temperature in each room individually to keep your home even more comfortable and save more money on energy costs