Two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners, and air conditioners use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the United States. The condenser is the outside part of the air conditioning system, and it contains the compressor, condensing coil, and condenser fan. The compressor sends pressurized refrigerant to the air handler or ac coil, and the refrigerant returns to the condenser to be re-pressurized and cooled.
Outdoor condenser coils can become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty, or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins, and you should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet (0.6 meters) will allow for adequate air flow around the condenser. If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.
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Switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to keep your home cool could reduce this energy use by 20%–50%. If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor condenser with a modern, high-efficiency unit.
Care Temp Heating and Air Conditioning can assure you that a new condenser is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system. Today’s best air conditioners use 30%–50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20%–40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model available from Care Temp!
Proper sizing and installation are key elements in determining air conditioner efficiency. Too large of a unit will not adequately remove humidity, and too small of a unit will not be able to attain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish efficiency. Care Temp Heating and Air Conditioning is one of the few New Jersey home and air conditioning contractors that provides expert installation and repair service, competitive pricing, and total customer satisfaction!
S.E.E.R. is an acronym that stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The more energy-efficient an air conditioner is, the higher its SEER rating will be. The SEER rating of an air conditioner measures efficiency over a whole season, and the energy efficiency ratio (EER) rating measures it for one given point in time. It is possible to see significant savings in cooling costs by upgrading to a more efficient air conditioner, in many cases. For example, an upgrade from a 9 SEER to a 13 SEER would translate into 30% less energy used per season. This can potentially result in hundreds of dollars of savings per year, to the point that a new unit could even pay for itself in savings. An efficiency rating, much like how miles per gallon (MPG) is used to rate automobile efficiency. We all understand that if you drive 300 miles and consume exactly 20 gallons of gas, then your vehicle’s fuel efficiency (MPG) is 15 miles per gallon (300 miles divided by 20 gallons). A vehicle that gets 18 MPG would be more efficient (less costly) to operate, and a 12 MPG vehicle is less efficient (more costly) to operate. For HVAC, S.E.E.R. follows the same rationale.