August 3, 2017

Are New ACs Really That Much More Energy Efficient?

Summer has already put homeowners through the wringer with temperatures rising well into the 100s. You might be tired of paying high energy bills and still not feeling completely comfortable. Would a new air conditioner help improve your situation or are you doomed to suffer through the remainder of the summer?

Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

Consider how much technology has advanced in the last twenty years — cars are now getting more miles per gallon than ever, the prices of LED light bulbs continue to drop, and solar has become mainstream and more affordable. What does that mean for air conditioners?

The efficiency of air conditioners is measured with a SEER rating (seasonal energy efficiency ratio). Like MPG ratings on cars, the higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit is. The Department of Energy recommends purchasing an air conditioning system of at least SEER 15. Even if your current air conditioner is only ten years old, by upgrading to a new, more efficient system, you can save between 20-40% on your cooling costs.


If you’re interested in providing targeted cooling to a specific room of your home, mini-split heat pumps are the best choice. Unlike central air conditioners that cool a whole home equally, mini-split heat pumps create unique zones that can be cooled or heated, depending on the season.

Benefits of a High-Efficiency AC

Energy efficient air conditioning systems use less energy to cool your home during the summer, but what other benefits do they offer?

  • Improved comfort

  • Lowered electricity bills

  • Reduced carbon footprint and minimized environmental impact

Since air conditioners become less efficient over time, if your system is over a decade old, replacing it with a new, high-efficiency unit will help you save money, and  be more comfortable year-round. Typical equipment warranties expire around 10 years, meaning the cost of repairs will increase.

Keep Cool with Greiner Heating & Air Conditioning

Whether your system is outdated and needs to be replaced for an energy efficient air conditioner, or your unit still has some life in it but simply needs to be serviced or repaired, the team at Greiner is here to help. We’ve helped homeowners throughout Yolo & Solano Counties with their air conditioning needs for over 25 years, so we’ll be able to help you improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

Ready to see what a more energy efficient AC could do for you? Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment today!

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