81% of Canadian residential energy consumption is related to HVAC and water heating.
If you're trying to lower your carbon footprint or you're just looking to decrease your energy bills, an energy-efficient air conditioner is a great way to start. AC replacement might sound like a major expense, but we're here to tell you about some of the biggest benefits you'll find with a new AC unit.
Canadians spend around 90% of their time indoors, so indoor comfort is always a priority. That said, being comfortable in your home shouldn't pillage your bank account. Keep reading and understand the benefits of an efficient central air conditioner.
Savings on Utility Bills
Over $6 billion of the provincial budget in the last year went to subsidizing electricity costs. This may help Ontarians cope with larger hydro bills right now, but it's not necessarily a sustainable model. An energy-efficient AC installation is something you can rely upon now and in the future.
In comparing AC costs between newer energy-efficient units and older ones, saving money is arguably the biggest benefit. An energy-efficient air conditioner will save you thousands on utility bills over the course of its lifespan.
Lower Your Carbon Footprint
It's no secret that global warming is becoming a major problem for most of the world, including Canadians. We've seen a record number of wildfires this year, and they don't appear to be slowing down. It's incumbent upon all Canadians to think about this in relation to their own carbon footprint.
Our Energy Star AC models can reduce your energy consumption by up to 30%. Most types of AC units produced before 2010 use freon as the main refrigerant.
Freon directly contributes to Ozone depletion, which is why it's been replaced by environmentally friendly chemicals. Less harmful chemicals and technology are what make modern AC units better for the environment.
Better AC Unit Lifespan
With regular AC maintenance, your energy-efficient AC unit can last between 15-20 years. That's 20 years of helping the planet and 20 years of savings, but maintenance should be taken seriously.
You should be changing your AC filters every few months and inspecting them every couple of weeks. If you really want to prolong the lifespan, however, you'll need to schedule annual AC inspections by a professional HVAC company.
Energy-Efficient AC Features
Another benefit that homeowners can experience with a new HVAC system is all of the high-tech features that they have now. For instance, a ductless air conditioner makes it easy to control the temperature in each individual room. You can also accomplish this feat with a smart thermostat.
With these smart home systems, you can also program the AC unit to turn on and off automatically. For example, you can set it to turn on a few minutes before you get home from work every day. Your home will be cool when you walk in the door, but it won't waste any energy doing its job.
Install Your Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner ASAP
These are a few of the biggest benefits of installing an energy-efficient air conditioner, but there are many more that we didn't mention. If you've been dealing with high utility bills and poor carbon emissions, it's time to make the switch to a new AC unit.
When you make the switch, it's important to have an HVAC service you trust doing the job. Black Forest Plumbing is one of the GTA's top heating and cooling specialists. Whether you need AC installation, repairs, or general maintenance, contact us today for the best service in Barrie, Newmarket, Aurora and surrounding areas.