3 Ways to Go Greener with Home Cooling
Nobody would describe Jacksonville, FL, as nice and cool in the summer. Unless you love 95 degree temperatures and swamp-like humidity, you’re probably staying comfortable indoors most of the time. Unfortunately, that comfort comes at a steep price, and it’s not unheard of for homeowners to spend $300 or $400 in a single month simply to stay cool. Here are the top three ways to cut your cooling costs while minimizing your environmental impact:
Upgrade to a New HVAC System
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it’s time to completely replace it. Calculating your energy savings is actually pretty easy:
- Your air conditioner is measured by tonnage. Every ton is equal to 12,000 BTU/hour, so if you have a 4-ton AC, it can produce 48,000 BTU/hour.
- Your system’s SEER rating is a measurement of its overall efficiency. Divide your AC’s BTU/hour output by the SEER rating to determine how much electricity your system uses. For example, a 10-SEER, 4-ton model uses about 4,800 watts of electricity when it’s on, and a 16-SEER, 4-ton model only uses 3,000 watts of electricity.
- Your AC probably doesn’t run nonstop. If your 10-SEER, 4-ton system runs for 10 hours a day, you’ll use 1,440 kWh of electricity per month. Upgrading to a 16-SEER model will reduce your energy consumption by a cool 540 kWh every month.
Switch to Geothermal
Conventional air conditioners — even energy efficient models — are energy hogs compared to our geothermal heating and cooling systems. A geothermal heat pump uses the ground’s stable temperature to heat and cool your home. Most of the equipment is hidden out of sight, and you’ll cut your electric bills by up to 70 percent. These systems also last about twice as long as air conditioners, so you won’t have to replace them every 10 years, and you’ll keep more junk out of landfills.
Maintain Your Cooling Equipment
Preventative maintenance will extend your air conditioner’s lifespan while keeping it running at peak performance. Without regular maintenance, your HVAC system will lose about 10 percent of its efficiency every year, so if you don’t change its air filters and clean the condenser coils, your 20-SEER system will drop to a SEER rating of 18 by next summer.
Want to request a free quote or schedule a service call for your system? Contact Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning in Jacksonville today for all of your heating and cooling needs.