You want your home to be a comfortable place for you and your family during the summer months. When the heat is at its worst, your air conditioning unit may work round the clock to keep you and your family comfortable and safe.
As you all know, running the air conditioner can increase your summer electric bill. There are some steps you can take to make your air conditioning use more efficient, thereby minimizing expense and waste. The following are a few tips that can help you keep your home comfortable during the summer without breaking the bank.
Why Does Air Conditioning Increase Your Electric Bill?
You know that using the air conditioner during the summer increases your energy costs. But do you know by how much? Before we can identify solutions, we first need to get a clear picture of how much you are spending and how much you might save if you rethink your air conditioning use.
In the United States, 87 percent of homes have a cooling system. Temperatures are hot and humid in the south east region, and 94 percent of homes there use cooling. Conversely, on the west coast, less than 50 percent of homes use some type of cooling. Twelve percent of home energy expenses are from air conditioning. In humid areas, that number spikes to 27 percent.
On average, as of 2015, American households spent $1,865 a year on energy. At 12 percent, air conditioning costs equal approximately $262 every year. In humid climates families pay an average of $525 a year for AC related energy use. In the coastal marine region, annual costs are at around $60.
For most families, $262 a year is a lot of money. However, it’s not worth it to lower your yearly expenses if you are not comfortable inside your home. That’s why we need to target air efficiency improvements that lower expenses while maintaining high comfort levels.
Upgrade Your AC Unit and Improve Energy Efficiency
Old air conditioning units do not cool as well and use more energy than newer models. The Department of Energy requires new air conditioners to have a 13 or 14 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, something you won’t see on older units. The older your unit gets, the less efficiently it runs.
The Infinity fully modulating AC system that has up to 75 levels of cooling based on comfort requirements received from the Infinity communicating thermostat. One of the lowest decibel ratings in the industry at 51db and a dehumidification factor up 50%.
The infinity zone control system allows for room by room temperature control, which allows for ultimate comfort and maximum efficiency.
Staying cool during the summer need not cost your family an arm and a leg. Talk to your Carrier® dealer about the energy efficient air conditioning units they offer. They can help you have a comfortable summer and keep a few extra dollars in your pocket.