Comfort is key! We try to fight the cold during those frigid winter months in Chicago and want to stay cool all summer long. We’re able to get the best of both worlds with just one device, thanks to reversible air conditioning.
Making the right choice could save you energy all year long, which in turn saves you financially. However, unknowingly making the wrong choice could cost you dearly.
Questions to ask yourself before selecting an air conditioning unit…
How much money will I save or will this system cost me more than I’m paying now?
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What should you consider prior to installing your air conditioning unit? Is your air conditioner practical for your home and does it live up to its potential?
Air conditioning is one of the most significant home improvements in Chicago you can make to insure maximum comfort and convenience. The right air conditioning unit for your home depends on your budget, your home’s construction, your need for flexibility, and overall efficiency.
Aside from the installation fee, air conditioning can increase a homeowner’s energy bills approximately 15% to 25%, especially if the homeowner buys a unit that’s too small or too large for the space. We don’t mean physical size, but the output for your home. An undersized unit will struggle to keep up with heat removal, however, one that’s too large means you may be paying for more than you actually need.
Criteria to consider when choosing the right air conditioner for your home: energy efficiency, features, and room size. And don’t forget about installation requirements!
We’ve listed some guidelines to help determine the output required for your home.
Air conditioners are sized according to cooling capacity, which is expressed in BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour. The most common formula simply compares the square footage of the room to BTU capacity. To start, measure the square footage of each room you want to heat or cool. Next, add the square footage for each room. Take the total square footage and multiply by 100 and then add 1000 BTU (British Thermal Units) to find how many BTUs per hour are needed to heat or cool each room.
We’ve included the following conversions:
Calculating residential cooling capacity depends on your home’s insulation, ducts, whether your home is one or two-stories, and its positioning towards the sun (is heat being generated by windows?). These factors can change your cooling needs so they should be taken into consideration, especially when factoring in budget.
As you may already know, a reversible air conditioner is able to both heat and cool a room, depending on outdoor temperature. Beware that models that are too powerful for the room size may fail to achieve target temperature, resulting in a room getting too cold or too hot. The system may also fail to lower the humidity level making the room feel less comfortable. It can also increase power consumption, which increases costs, and may cause wear and tear on the system.
Due to the complexity and potential expense when choosing the best air conditioner, it’s best to consult a professional who can guide you in the right direction. This way you can just sit back and chill out!
We all want to keep our homes nice and toasty during the winter and completely cool during the summer, especially here in in Chicago. Well, with just one device, you absolutely can! Thanks to reversible air conditioning, you’ll not only stay comfortable all year long, but you’ll save energy too!
A reversible air conditioner has dual functions. It serves as a heating and cooling system that warms your home in the winter and cools it down in the summer. It’s also an economical choice as it’s generally sold at a lower cost, in comparison to other systems.
Learn more as we explore energy consumption.
Many people ask whether or not the reversible air conditioner is worth the money. It may seem more expensive upfront, however, it offers great savings in the long run. For example, the reversible air conditioner uses approximately two to three times less energy, which will lower the cost of your electricity bill.
Compared to other electric heating systems, the reversible air conditioner uses less energy. The amount of energy a reversible air conditioner consumes is approximately 25% to 45% less than other conventional heating systems.
The reason why the reversible air conditioner consumes less energy is due to the heating technique. It’s simple! While conventional heaters must create heat, the reverse cycle simply absorbs heat. For every 1kWh consumed by the compressor, the reversible air conditioner produces 4kWh of heat and 3kWh of cold. It actually uses free energy produced by the sun to either heat or cool the house.
In addition, a radiator produces 1kWh of heat per 1kWh of energy consumed. While both the reversible air conditioning and an electric radiator emit the same amount of heat, the reversible air conditioner consumes approximately 4 times less energy.
The reversible air conditioner consumes more energy in the summer than in the winter. Since the unit runs year round, the cost of your monthly electric bills are still significantly lower than conventional heaters.
Here are some tips on how to further reduce the consumption of your reversible air conditioner [in CITY]:
In conclusion, the reversible air conditioner is an economical choice making it a worthwhile purchase. Be sure to opt for quality equipment that will both heat and cool your home, providing you comfort year round in Chicago.