Cooling System

Fact: Consumers spend as much as 6-12% of their gross income on their utility bills - half of this money is spent on heating and cooling. You can:

  • Cut your operating costs 10-40%.

  • Use 40% less energy.

  • Increase your comfort.

  • Reduce the impact on the environment from energy waste.

Best Features: When purchasing or upgrading your cooling equipment, choose a central air-conditioner with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of at least 12 and/or a room window unit with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 9 or greater. In addition, look for these features:

  • Energy Star® label.

  • Multispeed blower.

  • Automatic or programmable thermostats.

  • Whole house fan (for use in spring and fall).

  • Refrigerants that have no ozone-depleting effect.

  • Evaporative or swamp cooler (for dry climates).

Save Money: Since nearly half of your utility bill is for heating and cooling, you can save a great deal of money over time by taking any or all of these energy-saving action steps:

  • Consider replacing air-conditioners that are more than eight years old.

  • Install new equipment on the north side of your home, if possible.

  • Set your cooling thermostat setting as high as is comfortable.

  • Clean or replace your air filter every one or two months.

  • Plant trees or shrubs to shade the air-conditioning unit, but not to block air flow.

  • Remove debris from the area around the condensing unit.

  • Install a ceiling fan, attic fan, and automatic or programmable thermostats.

  • Have your cooling equipment serviced by a professional technician every year or two.

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