Tips For Choosing An Efficient Cooling System

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A cooling system's efficiency depends not only on how you use the system but also on the type of cooling system. Below are some tips to help you choose an efficient cooling system.

Choose an Appropriate System for Your Circumstances

The HVAC industry has a variety of cooling systems whose efficiencies vary based on multiple issues, such as:

  • The house size and layout
  • The local weather and climate
  • The type of system

Analyze such factors and choose the most appropriate system. For example, a portable or window air conditioner may be efficient if you just want to cool a single room but not if you want to simultaneously cool multiple rooms. Similarly, a heat pump may be more efficient in a mild climate than a conventional AC.

Choose a Smart Thermostat

Every cooling system needs a thermostat that accepts temperature settings and controls the cooling system. Choose a smart thermostat to enhance your cooling system's efficiency. You can program the thermostat to regulate its cooling output, depending on your needs. For example, you can program the thermostat to lower the temperature whenever the house is vacant.

On the other hand, a smart thermostat allows you to control the cooling system remotely. For example, you don't have to leave the cooling system while away; you can switch it on just before getting home and find your house comfortable.

Choose a High EER and SEER

The HVAC industry uses several parameters to indicate system efficiencies. Understand the relevant ratings and choose the most efficient system you can afford. Your HVAC contractor can help you understand the ratings.

For example, the energy efficiency rating (EER) is the ratio of a system's cooling output per unit of energy consumed. EER measurements take place at standard humidity and temperature for ease of comparison. EERs range from single-digit to double-digit numbers, and the higher the number, the higher the efficiency. However, any system with EER above 12 is efficient.

Invest in System Zoning

Lastly, consider a zoned cooling system that independently cools different parts of your house. HVAC zoning uses multiple thermostats or temperature sensors in different parts of the house. The system also uses dampers, which can be manual or automatic, to control airflow to different parts of the house.

With a zoned system, you don't waste energy cooling every part of the house to the same temperature. For example, you can keep your home office at a comfortable temperature and lower the temperatures in the other rooms when alone and working in the office. That way, you don't waste energy cooling the unoccupied rooms. 

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