Air Conditioning

Energy Saving Air Conditioners

If your electric bill goes up higher every summer cooling season, it could very well mean that your old air conditioners in Chicago need replacing. If your home has central air conditioning and your heating bill in the winter coupled with your electric bill in the summer both soaring, that is a definite signal that your unit is inefficient and not working like it did years ago when it was first installed.

Although you may end up replacing the units, before you do have a good look around your home and see if there are other reasons for the jump in operating costs. There may be places where the cool air is escaping; there could be gaps around the windows, worn-out weather-stripping around the doors, missing plates on the light switches or receptacles. However, if you cannot find any place where cool air can escape, then the time has come to replace your air conditioners in Chicago.

There have been major advances in the efficiency of most household appliances, air conditioners in particular. When you start shopping you will notice that all the units have a tag attached to them with what is called a SEER number. This acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. There is a complicated formula to calculate the SEER rating but all you need to know is; the higher the number, the more efficient the unit is. You may also notice that the higher the SEER number, the higher the price. This should not be of concern because the payback in energy savings will be far less than the life expectancy of the new air conditioner.

Do not confuse the SEER rating with the units BTU rating. The BTU rating is a measurement of the amount of heat that the air conditioner can take out of the room in one hour.

Many old air conditioners in Chicago were over-sized when they were installed many years ago. It was a common practice in the past to oversize the unit; the thinking being that it will be better and cool faster. The truth is just the opposite; the best air conditioner is actually one, which is slightly undersized. An air conditioner which is too big will cycle off and on, the power demands to start the compressor time after time is greater than the unit continuing to run; furthermore, it will not remove the moisture in the air which is a necessity for the unit to do the job properly.

Once you have the new central air conditioners Chicago area installed and operating, start with temperature about 76 degrees F, continue to adjust the temperature until you feel comfortable. Every degree warmer will reduce your electric bill by approximately four percent.

The experts in air conditioners in Chicago are the folks at ELM Heating & Cooling. The ELM team offer 24 hour residential service and repair. The highly efficient, Energy Star compliant units have SEER ratings as high as 21.2%

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