Summer is practically here and temperatures are heating up quick. Now is a good time to get yourself an air conditioner so you’ll be prepared for another Dallas summer. Depending on the size of the room you’re looking to cool, you may need a larger or smaller capacity AC unit. Take note of the BTUs, EER, and thermostat especially.
The primary point of consideration with an AC is the BTUs, which is the air conditioner’s capacity for removing heat from a room. The greater this number, the more heat it removes. But don’t just rush out and by the first AC with the highest BTU capacity, because an overpowered unit, just like an underpowered one, is wasteful. An underpowered unit will continually run without cooling a space sufficiently while an overpowered unit will cool it quicker but consumes much more energy. Perfectly balancing the BTUs for the room size will make it more efficient.
Next is the EER, or Energy Efficiency Ratio by dividing the BTUs by the number of watts, you’ll find out how efficient the AC unit is. The higher this number is, the more efficient it is. EERs range from 8 to 11.5 with 10 being well suited for hot areas like Texas. Keep in mind that a higher EER is more costly to buy, but will save you the most money in the long run.
All AC units have some form of thermostat, but look for one that is programmable to get the most out of it. It will only run during the time specified when the temperature gets high enough. Once the room is cooled down to below the set temp, it will shut off, saving energy.
Once you have an AC unit, be sure to clean the filter every month to keep it in prime working order. Set the fan so that it helps circulate the air effectively. Some fans can only be set to one direction, but others will sweep. Once you have all of this in place, your room will be nice and cool, but you won’t need to break the bank spending on electricity.