You are not only concerned with staying cool when the summer heat is strongest but, also with keeping that energy bill as inexpensive as possible. Thankfully, as conservation continues to be a front-page topic, more and more models of home comfort systems are also being designed with environmental impact in mind. If you’re upgrading your air conditioner in northern San Diego County and going green, you might just find the perfect unit for your needs.

What Makes an Air Conditioner “Green”?

Several standards describe an environmentally friendly air conditioner. The unit must be designed and manufactured with materials that are safe for the environment. Assuming that the air conditioner will get much use over many years, it must ideally function at the lowest energy level (while still providing the same amount of cooling) and greenhouse gas output possible. While the typical air conditioner releases emissions from fluorocarbon refrigerant, many eco-friendly units have been made to use hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant, which do still emit greenhouse gases without doing damage the ozone, current research shows. Upon replacement of the unit after it is no longer usable, an environmentally friendly air conditioner, because it is not made up of dangerous materials, is more easily broken down without adding to non-biodegradable trash.

The Price Tag Can Pay Off in the End

Because of the stringent standards set upon production companies by environmental agencies, the necessary research involved, and the specialized technological components used, the overhead cost of an eco-friendly air conditioner will be higher than that of a generic one. However, all this work results in a highly efficient unit that reduces the amount of energy used and thereby the monthly dollar amount needed to operate it.

What Factors Should I Consider When Going Green?

Depending on the size of your home, several additional options are available for your consideration. Programmable thermostats allow you to decide at what times of day and how long your air conditioner will run, ideally on when you’re home and off when you’re not. Individualized power sources allow you to run your air conditioner on one type and your heating on another, making the most of your energy usage by matching the temperature unit to your unique home layout. Geothermal heat pumps optimize energy usage by as much as 40 percent.

Are you in the greater northern San Diego area and considering going green with your air conditioning? Our 1-800-anytyme cooling specialists are certified and ready to advise you on any home comfort system need. Just call 760-477-2222 today!

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