Summer weather on Florida’s southwest coast can be extreme, and homeowners depend on a reliable central air conditioner to keep the indoor environment cool and comfortable. Since Florida has a very high summer cooling load, it is important to consider the benefits of a modern high-tech air conditioning system.
Understanding SEER Ratings
Monthly operating costs are directly affected by the efficiency of the AC equipment. In order to provide consumers with a simple way to compare different brands of air conditioners, the Department of Energy has adopted the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standard. In essence, a unit’s SEER rating is a reflection of the amount of electricity it consumes compared to the cooling BTUs it produces. A higher SEER number is always associated with a more efficient unit.
Air Conditioning Technology Advancements
Today’s air conditioning systems offer a variety of different high-tech options that will dramatically improve energy efficiency and indoor comfort.
- Two-stage compressor: Standard central air conditioners are equipped with a single-stage compressor that operates at full output regardless of the prevailing load. In contrast, a two-stage compressor uses a lower output setting in mild weather, which helps save energy.
- Variable-speed blower: A variable speed blower adjusts to different outdoor conditions in order to precisely match the indoor load. The fan speed is trimmed during moderate weather and ramps up when the temperature rises and the cooling load increases.
- Smart Thermostats: The latest generation of programmable thermostats and smart AC units work together to maximize comfort and efficiency by learning a family’s living habits. The unit develops a customized program that automatically raises the temperature when the home is unoccupied and gradually lowers the setting in anticipation of the first arrival.
- Ductless Split Systems: Ductless split system air conditioners offer an alternative to conventional AC units. Advanced compressor inverter technology provides the highest SEER ratings in the industry. New smartphone apps can be used to control the unit remotely.
The Air Conditioning Experts
The professionals at All American Heating and Cooling can answer any questions relating to air conditioning equipment and the AC installation process. Call to arrange for a free system evaluation and learn about the many benefits of owning a high-tech air conditioner.