When Choosing A New Air Conditioner – Bigger Not Necessarily Better

As the summer heat beats down and energy prices are on the rise, many homeowners are seeking to trade in their old air conditioning units for more energy efficient models in hopes of controlling costs.  MXenergy, one of the nation’s leading independent energy providers, cautions people to choose wisely when selecting their next unit.

“The common perception seems to be bigger is better,” says Marjorie Kass, MXenergy Managing Director.  “In fact, recent studies suggest that one third to one half of home central air units are actually oversized.  Rather than leading to greater cooling it results in greater inefficiency and higher costs.”

MXenergy counsels its customers to take three factors into account when shopping for a new cooling system.

1. High Efficiency

Customers should look for in room units with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) greater than 10 and for a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) higher than 12 in central units.

2. Proper Sizing

Contractors should consult the manuals produced by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America which examine a home’s size, insulation, direction and window placement to determine proper unit size.  Oversized units turn on and off more frequently actually creating greater inefficiency and higher costs for the homeowner.

3. Proper Installation

Homeowners need to make sure new units are installed by trained, licensed contractors to ensure proper installation and therefore proper efficiency.

Kass reminds customers the quest for lower cooling bills doesn’t end simply with the purchase of a new air conditioner.

“No matter how energy efficient your home air conditioner is,” says Kass, “there are still simple actions you can take which will further boost your energy savings and reduce your carbon footprint.”

Installing a programmable thermostat, insulating the roof and attic, choosing and using quality window blinds and awnings, and providing shade for outdoor units can also significantly increase energy saving

About MXenergy

MXenergy is one of the fastest growing retail natural gas and electricity suppliers in North America, serving approximately 500,000 customers in 41 utility territories in the United States and Canada. For over 11 years, the company has provided millions of customers with a choice in how they purchase energy to run their homes and businesses.  Founded in 1999 to provide natural gas and electricity to consumers in deregulated energy markets, MXenergy helps residential customers and small business owners control their energy bills by providing both fixed and variable rate plans MXenergy is committed to best practices in environmental conservation, supporting local communities through various outreach programs and is a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange.  For more information about MXenergy please visit www.mxenergy.com.