Consumer guide: Things to consider when buying a new air conditioner

Posted: September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Air conditioners that are more than eight years old consume so much energy that it’s more practical to replace them with a new one. With a new air conditioning unit, you and your family will get to save a lot on energy bills every month.

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When shopping for a new AC unit, National Geographic recommends you consider the following:

BTUs — Measured in British thermal units per hour (Btu/hr), the cooling capacity of an air conditioner must be checked before it is purchased. The higher the number, the more powerful the unit is. To find the best BTUs needed to cool your room, multiply the square footage of the room by 10, and add 4,000.

EER — The EER or Energy-Efficiency Ratio is the measure of how efficient an AC unit is. The higher the EER, the more efficient the model is. To know a unit’s EER, compute it using the following specs found on the AC unit: the ratio of the cooling output divided by the unit’s power consumption.

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Energy Star rating — Appliances with an Energy Star rating are at least 10% more energy efficient than those that have passed only minimum federal standards.

Anti-Microbial filter — Many air conditioners have reusable electrostatic filters that may have been treated with triclosan, which has been seen to alter hormone regulation in animals. When buying an AC unit with an anti-microbial filter, ask the retailer to replace it with an untreated filter.

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Having problems with your air conditioner? Call Comfort Experts, Inc. at 1-877-224-3648 or visit www.acgenius.com.

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