Your home’s high-efficiency A/C can be one of your most powerful weapons in the war against energy usage. For it to be effective, though, you must know how to utilize it.
No matter how high your unit’s SEER rating is, improper use can negatively affect its value. Here are four installation guidelines that, if followed, can help get the most out of your high-efficiency A/C.
Airflow is essential for efficiency – If your air doesn’t flow freely, your high-efficiency A/C isn’t living up to its potential. Airflow is often impeded by an improper duct sizing or layout. But it’s also possible that restrictive grilles or an improperly matched air handler may be the cause.
Refrigerant charge shouldn’t be overlooked – A disproportionate number of homeowners often forget to account for their air conditioner’s refrigerant charge. If undercharging or overcharging has occurred, the efficiency will go down. For best results, consult with an HVAC professional.
Ducts must be tight to maximize efficiency – The last thing you want when it comes to your ducts is the development of holes. Air leaks are common when ducts aren’t connected tightly enough, and these leaks can cause a drop in efficiency as high as 35 percent. It’s important to seal and insulate your ductwork wherever it’s needed. This will help prevent holes and tears from developing in the ducts.
Oversizing may be common, but it’s still not good – Choosing the right size high-efficiency A/C for your home can be a bit tricky. If the unit’s too small, you’ll strain it without even making your home comfortable. If it’s too big, you’ll waste energy when you don’t need to.
Need expert advice about your high-efficiency A/C? For that and other home comfort concerns, be sure to contact the friendly professionals at Rheem Pro Partner. We serve the HVAC needs of the Denver metro area, Colorado Springs and other regions in northern Colorado, in addition to the Casper and Cheyenne areas of Wyoming.