The air conditioner in your Greater Las Vegas home is one of the most used appliances in your whole house. It is ether cooling or heating your house most days of the year. There are usually a few times that you can use the outdoor air and it is comfortable, but the majority of the time, the air conditioner or furnace is on. When the unit is running it is using up a vast majority of the electricity on your power bill. There are a lot of working parts, and because it is on all day long it uses quite a bit of energy. If you keep your unit maintained and repaired properly it can last for a good amount of time before needing to be replaced. When it does need to be replaced you can count on Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning to give you the low down on what to ask for when purchasing a new unit.
Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning has prepared a list of a few terms that can help you to make the best most efficient decision:
SEER Rating: Just like any appliance, air conditioners have a rating. They are rated on the efficiency of the unit and how much energy it is using. SEER is the short term used for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” and it is a number system that measures the efficiency of each unit. Before the U.S Department of Energy got involved, the number that most units were rated was about a six. Since they recognized that the manufacturers can make them much more efficient, there is now a law that requires them to have at least a 13 SEER rating. You can imagine the amount of energy they used to waste. The higher the number the more efficient your unit will be. Make sure that you take time to ask about this specific detail when purchasing a new unit since it will affect the cost of your electrical bill.
Modulation: This is a great addition to the air conditioning world. When you have a unit that has a modulation, it can control how much energy it is using. When the unit can get away with a smaller amount of energy it will adjust itself to put out less energy. When the need exists for more it makes the adjustment automatically. The great thing is that you have to do nothing to the unit; it is already manufactured to work in this manner.