When purchasing a new heating or air conditioning system, you should always try to purchase one that is more efficient than your old one. There’s a simple “cheat sheet” for both: check the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating for your air conditioner or the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating for your heater. The higher the rating, the more efficiently the system makes use of the fuel it consumes. That can translate to higher savings in monthly bills and less stress on the system. However, higher efficiency isn’t the same as improved savings, though it can lead to improved savings if you approach the problem correctly. Here’s some trips to make sure you make the most of an efficient air conditioner and heater.
Make Sure the System Isn’t Overpowered
If your new system is more powerful than the old one, then it will likely consume more energy than the old one, regardless of its efficiency rating. (It will simply do so more effectively.) If you’ve purchased a more powerful system, adjust your use to match the increased size, running it less often if need be. Also look out for short cycling, when the system turns on and off rapidly many times throughout the day.
Don’t Use the System More Often
The term is called “Jevons paradox”: if people have access to more efficient technology, they’ll use that technology more often. There’s nothing wrong with that, but greater use means higher bills, which may offset the improved savings you thought you were going to get. Instead, focus on running your new efficient system about as often as you ran the old one. You’ll see the savings appear very quickly. If you have to run it more, the bills will increase, but you’ll have the advantage of that extra use under your belt.
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