We turn to our home air conditioners for comfort when it’s hot outside, but they can still consume a lot of energy. This doesn’t just potentially harm the environment, but it can also lead to unnecessarily high energy bills. With the demand for energy increasing, an increase in carbon dioxide emissions is almost guaranteed. Carbon dioxide levels are already at a record high, causing climate change and contributing to respiratory disease from smog and air pollution. Now, more than ever, eco-friendly air conditioning is a bigger concern for homeowners. But what are the characteristics of eco-friendly air conditioning units, and how can you upgrade your existing system?
1. It’s correctly sized for your home.
Size matters, particularly when it comes to your air conditioning unit. If it’s too small for your home, it has to run constantly to cool it down and reach the temperature you set. If your AC is oversized, it won’t run long enough to pull moisture out of the air. You’d end up feeling muggy even if the temperature is cool enough.
Parts also wear out sooner if your AC is working too hard to keep you comfortable. You’re in for potentially costly repairs with an incorrectly sized AC unit. It doesn’t just hurt the environment, but also your savings.
2. It uses a programmable thermostat.
According to the Department of Energy, it’s possible to enjoy as much as 10% annual savings on heating and cooling if you turn the thermostat 7°-10°F back from its normal setting for 8 hours a day.
If you’re using a programmable thermostat, doing this will be easier! Programmable thermostats allow you to easily run the AC only when you need it, and only in the rooms that will be used. You’d be able to turn it on so your home cools down before you get there, or turn it down if you’re away.
A programmable thermostat contains no mercury and is eco-friendly. As it reduces energy consumption, it helps lower greenhouse gas emissions while saving you money at the same time. We can’t recommend it enough!
3. It has the Energy Star label.
If you’re looking to invest in a new system, look for an Energy-Star certified unit, which uses about 8% less energy, leaving less carbon footprint.
An Energy-Star certified unit has also adhered to strict energy-efficiency guidelines, so you’ll save money while keeping your unit environmentally clean.
It’s Possible to Make AC Units Greener
If your unit is 10 years old, it’s probably running on R-22, a refrigerant known for its heavy impact on the environment. We can help you choose the best eco-friendly unit for your home, should you decide to replace your existing system.
A Good Guy can discuss with you the cool (and green) rewards of upgrading to a greener unit: minimal harmful emissions, lower energy consumption, better reliability, and more savings!
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