24 Jul '12, 3pm

Energy Efficiency Can Cut Cost of Staying Cool

Energy Efficiency Can Cut Cost of Staying Cool

Make sure y our AC equipment is in top running order, since cooling puts the greatest stress on your summer energy bills . A professional “tune-up” could save you the cost and misery of a breakdown on the hottest days. Replacing your 12+-year-old central air conditioning system (CAC) with an ENERGY STAR-qualified model could cut your cooling costs by as much as 30%. And while these products can have a higher purchase price, the cost difference will be paid back over time through lower energy bills. Having properly sized CAC systems or window units will ensure optimum performance. A system that’s too large will not keep your home comfortable due to frequent “on/off” cycling. Purchase an AC unit with the highest Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) that you can afford – the higher the SEER level, the more energy efficient the equipment. Current federal appliance standards...

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