Is my air conditioner energy efficient?

Summer officially begins on June 21st but many people in Orange County, have already been using their air conditioners because we’ve had some hot days.

Once we get into the summer months though it’s likely that you’re going to use your air conditioner a lot more.

After you get your first electric bill, following regular use, you might wonder if your air conditioner is energy efficient or not.

Look for ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels

Since 2015 all-new residential air conditioners have been made following energy-efficient standards and will have ENERGY STAR® or EnergyGuide labels on them.

If your air conditioner was made after 2015 the chances are that your unit can be considered to be energy efficient since air conditioners that were made following the new standards are about 15% more efficient than older units.

What Happens If Your Air Conditioner Is Not Energy Star® Rated?

Let’s say that you checked your air conditioner thoroughly and have found that it’s not energy efficient.

In this case, you should know that a typical air conditioner will last for up to 20 years before it starts showing signs that it needs to be replaced.

In some cases, older air conditioners will have to run for longer periods of time to keep a home cool so if you’re concerned about energy efficiency and you have an older model air conditioner you may want to replace your unit with a newer model.

What Should You Look for In A New Air Conditioner?

When purchasing a new air conditioner, you should look for the following items:

  • Thermal expansion valve.
  • Variable-speed air handler.
  • A fan-only switch.
  • Check filter light.
  • Automatic-delay fan switch.

Contact Air Care Heating & Air Conditioning

Do you have more questions about your air conditioner's energy efficiency? Want to schedule an appointment to have your air conditioner maintained? Contact us at (949) 446-1606 or click here to connect with us online.

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