Energy Efficiency At Home: Air Conditioning Equipment
One way your home could be lacking in energy efficiency is through your air conditioning equipment. In North Texas, your air conditioning equipment gets a lot of wear and tear. AC components are expensive to buy and maintain and are therefore an important consideration for any potential homeowner.
Our Home Energy Evaluation evaluates the efficiency of air conditioning equipment by noting the age and condition of the system, the size and orientation of the outside equipment, the refrigerant type and the SEER rating.
Terms to Know:
SEER rating: The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a metric used to measure how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the air conditioner operates.
Orientation: the orientation of the outside equipment matters because heavy exposure to the sun can cause air conditioning equipment to function less efficiently.
Refrigerant type: there are two types of air conditioning refrigerant used in residential cooling systems. R-22, or Freon, and R410A, or Puron, a blend considered to be more environmentally friendly. R-22 has been linked to ozone depletion and has been banned from further manufacturing since 2010.