Energy Efficient Residential Cooling Systems
Keeping the home cool in hot weather is vital to our personal comfort and yet can be hazardous to the environment. As we enter this new environmentally conscious era it is important to find the perfect balance between what is comfortable and what is right.
Learn what you need to do to protect our Earth while remaining cool! Start researching energy efficient cooling systems for your green home.
Types of Eco-Friendly Cooling Systems
Basically there are four types of cooling systems that are available to homeowners. Of course not all cooling systems are environmentally friendly so it is once again important to research your product and analyze your own personal needs.
Central Air Conditioners
Central air conditioning is a vital piece of equipment for many homeowners around the world keeping every room in the home cool and comfortable during extremely warm days.
These cooling systems work by transferring heat from inside the house to the outside working similarly to a refrigerator.
Central air conditioning products are measured by a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) These ratios vary depending on the way each product was manufactured so it is up to you to choose the more efficient eco product.
Use the EnerGuide label as your guide which can either be found directly on the product or on the brochure. The higher the rating the more efficient the product.
When installing a central air conditioning system it is a must that you have your residence properly sized. This can only be done by a professional as if not done correctly your new system will not operate properly leaving your home either too damp or too warm!
As these systems are built to cool the entire home they obviously cost more as well. The operating cost though can vary depending on the size, the amount of use required, the insulation of the home, how often doors and windows are left open during operation, etc.
Room Air Conditioners
The energy efficiency of room air conditioners also varies widely depending on the manufacturer. This cooling system is built to cool one or a few rooms within a relative distance from one another. They are built to either be installed through a wall or window.
Window air conditioning units are the most popular as they are easy to install and readily available in many styles. Wall mounted air conditioning requires a properly built opening in the wall which can be costly however they do not take up the use of a window which can affect the lighting in the room.
It is helpful to consider before purchasing a room air conditioning unit which room requires it most. Whenever possible it is suggested to install room air conditioning units on the north side of a wall or at least a wall that is shaded. This will help to reduce energy consumption.
Try also to install a room air conditioner where there is an isolated electrical circuit to prevent blowing fuses.
Keep your energy costs down by reducing the amount that it is used, installing a programmable thermostat or setting timers, and uninstalling it during the winter. This might not be possible with a built in wall unit. Protecting air conditioners from extreme weather conditions can certainly aid the life span of your cooling system.
The easiest way you can cool down in the summer is by installing ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fans! This an efficient and extremely cost effective way to improve air quality and air flow throughout the home.
ENERGY STAR efficient ceiling fans have been proven to be 20% more effective than standard ceiling fans. Installing a ceiling fan is also an excellent way to introduce lighting to a space as well. Be sure to include energy efficient light bulbs to further reduce your electricity consumption.
Ceiling fans can help cool down your home by moving air downward from the ceiling in the summer, it also has the opposite effect in the winter when it can also move air upwards to produce warmth!
Always be sure to turn off your ceiling fan and/or light when leaving the room to conserve energy and save money.
It is important to all of us to be comfortable and sometimes there is no getting around the installation of cooling system. Just do your part and pay the extra bit of money to ensure that you are using the most energy efficient product possible. When you don't need it turn it off!!!!!
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