Stay Cool in Hot Weather with ENERGY STAR Certified Air Conditioners
Summer is nearly here, and for Louisiana residents that means hot temperatures and high humidity are on the way. When the weather heats up, ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners can keep homes and businesses cool and comfortable while lowering utility bills.
The EPA estimates that ENERGY STAR room air conditioners use 10 percent less energy than non-certified air conditioners, and typically cost less than $70 per year to run. In fact, if all room air conditioners sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, greenhouse gas emissions would decrease by 6 billion pounds of annually – equivalent to the output from over 570,000 vehicles.
Ms. Mary Ann Pierce, owner of Courtesy Discount Furniture, Appliances and Mobile Homes in Arabi, LA, notes, “The new ENERGY STAR room air conditioners we’re seeing today come with better quality insulation materials, tight-fitting side panels, and innovative new designs. These improvements increase energy efficiency and make it easier to get a tight seal when the units are installed. ”
This is important because an improperly installed room air conditioner leaks as much air as a 6 square inch hole in the wall, leading to increased energy costs and making homes and offices noticeably less comfortable.
Besides a tight installation, proper sizing of a room air conditioner is another key to saving money on utility bills. Ms. Pierce says that homeowners should remember that bigger is not always better. “Air conditioners remove both heat and humidity from the air,” she explains. “If the unit is too large, it will cool the room quickly, but only remove some of the humidity. This will leave the room with a damp, clammy feeling.”
A properly sized unit, on the other hand, will also remove humidity as it cools, leading to a more comfortable living or working environment. And it will also cost less to operate than an oversized model.
For more information on choosing the right ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner for your home or business, please visit http://www.energystar.gov/products/heating_cooling/air_conditioning_room or contact Courtesy Discount Furniture, Appliances & Mobile Homes at 504-277-8106.