Energy Saving Options in New Commercial AC Units

Energy Saving Options in New Commercial AC Units on

Employees complaining about the south Florida heat? Could it be your air conditioning unit?

Commercial air conditioning systems have evolved significantly over the past two decades. While you may think stinking with your old unit will save you money, this may not be accurate when you consider the long term energy savings of new A/C units.

If you’re looking for more information about when may be a good time to purchase a new commercial air conditioner, read on for a few key tips.

Quick facts about A/C systems and energy efficiency

Below are a few facts that could help you determine whether it’s the right time to finally pull the trigger on a new commercial A/C unit:

  • Today’s most efficient air conditioners consume roughly 30-50 percent less energy than models that were manufactured in the 1970s.
  • While most people look at an air conditioner that is 10 years old as fairly new, upgrading to today’s technology can save you anywhere between 20-40 percent off of your monthly cooling costs. In south Florida, this can quickly add up to real money.

Tips when purchasing a new A/C unit

Purchasing a new central air conditioning unit doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating. Keep the following tips in mind when you’re shopping for a new system.

  • Pay attention to the EER rating: The energy efficiency ratio (EER) rating is different than seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), and essentially determines how efficiently the unit will run when the weather is at its hottest point throughout the year.
  • Size is important: Size is critical when it comes to a working air conditioning system. If you choose a unit that is too small, it will have to work too hard to cool your facility, which can result in higher electric bills. If your unit is too large, it will cycle on and off much too quickly, which can prevent the system from removing enough humidity from the air. It’s important to know your building’s square footage and consult with a reputable HVAC contractor that is well versed in installing and maintaining commercial A/C units.
  • Be aware of noisy units: While you may be used to the loud noise of your old HVAC system, you likely can purchase a new unit that is much quieter and less distracting for you, your employees, and your customers.

How to gauge the efficiency of a new A/C unit

When you are looking for a new commercial air conditioner, it’s important to research and understand a system’s SEER. This number tells you how much energy a unit must use to produce a certain amount of output. If you have an old system, it may have a SEER rating of just six, if not less.

In 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started requiring units to have a SEER rating of 13 at a minimum, which would use 30 percent less energy than a 10 SEER unit.

The most efficient air conditioners on the market today have a SEER rating that is greater than 13, with some units having a SEER rating in excess of 20. As you can see, a 20 SEER unit would be twice as efficient as the aging 10 SEER unit that you may have struggling behind your building.

If your A/C unit isn’t doing its job during the oppressive summer heat in south Florida, it’s time to do something about it. Stop putting off the inevitable, and give the professionals at Signature Air a call today. We can provide a complimentary analysis of your existing system, and offer our advice on how you can save on monthly bills, and make you and your employees more comfortable at the same time. Feel free to reach out to our team at 954-457-4560, or contact us through our online contact form today.