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5 Tips on Choosing an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

Blistering hot Phoenix summers require an air conditioner that keeps your home cool and comfortable inside as temperatures rise outside. However, if you’re keeping an eye on your budget, that also means keeping your energy bills from rising with the temperatures. If your current air conditioner isn’t doing the job as well as it used to, or you see your energy costs increasing, maybe it’s time to consider installing a more energy-efficient air conditioner. 

At 1st Choice Mechanical LLC, we provide reliable air conditioning maintenance in Phoenix, AZ, along with top-quality air conditioning installation and repair. Since energy efficiency is something that tops nearly everyone’s list, we’ve compiled our top five tips to keep in mind when choosing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Consider the Size of Your Living Space

When it comes to selecting an air conditioner, choosing an AC unit that fits your space is vital for keeping both your energy usage and costs down. 

The perfectly sized air conditioner keeps your home comfortable without wasting energy. Air conditioners function to both lower the temperature in your home and reduce humidity. A too-large AC unit may cool a warm home down more quickly, but it also cools it too fast to adequately remove moisture, leaving you with damp and clammy indoor air. An AC unit that is too small for your space will still cool your home, but not in an energy-efficient way. A too-small system has to work harder to maintain the desired ambient temperature, which results in increased energy demand and a higher energy bill. 

 Consider Air Conditioner Cooling Capacity

Have you heard the term “BTU?” BTUs measure your air conditioner’s cooling capacity. The energy put forth by BTUs removes heat from a room, so if you have more square footage to cool, you want an AC system with a higher number of BTUs. A home with less square footage obviously requires less cooling capacity, using fewer BTUs.   

Consider Installing a “Smart” Air Conditioner

If you’re moving towards making your home a “smart” home, add a smart or wi-fi enabled air conditioner. A smart air conditioner paired with a smart thermostat makes it easy to customize your home’s cooling capabilities with a quick touch of your phone screen or remote control. A smart air conditioner lets you control the temperature of your home remotely at any time, increasing your ability to reduce energy consumption and keep your cooling bills down. Additionally, some smart air conditioners even provide feedback about your usage habits and energy efficiency and may even send reminders for regular maintenance.

Consider the Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating 

Just like they help measure an AC unit’s cooling capacity, BTUs also help determine a unit’s seasonal energy efficiency (SEER) rating. The higher the SEER rating of an air conditioner, the higher its energy efficiency.  

Another way to find out the energy efficiency rating of your AC unit is by reading its EnergyGuide label. These labels offer a summary of the features of the air conditioner, making comparing AC units quicker and easier, helping to simplify the decision process. 

Consider an ENERGY STAR® Certified Air Conditioner

When you’re on the hunt for the most energy-efficient air conditioner on the market, look for units with an ENERGY STAR® label. In order for an air conditioner to receive an ENERGY STAR® certification, it has either met or exceeded stringent energy efficiency criteria, proving that it uses less energy than comparable units. If energy efficiency is your focus, then an ENERGY STAR® certified air conditioner is a must-have. 

1st Choice Mechanical LLC | Your First Choice for Air Conditioning Services in Phoenix

At 1st Choice Mechanical LLC, we’re proud to offer the best air conditioning services in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. With over 20 years of experience, we know how to help you with anything you need, from air conditioner installation and maintenance to vital repairs like AC compressor replacement. We’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured, so you can rest easy that you’re in great hands.  

Providing our customers with high-quality, 24/7 service has earned us a five-star rating, and we’re dedicated to keeping it that way. We want nothing less than your 100% satisfaction on every job we do, which is why we offer warranties on our repairs, financing on installations, and regular maintenance plans.  

If you’re ready to beat the Phoenix heat with a new energy-efficient air conditioner, look no further than the experts at 1st Choice Mechanical LLC. Call us today at (623) 887-1078 to schedule a consultation.