Purchasing a New Air-Conditioning System
When the star Sirius appears in the night sky, it officially kicks off the “dog days of summer,” the hottest, stickiest days of the year, from July 3rd to August 15th. Now is an excellent time to prepare to beat the heat — and to beat high energy bills — by purchasing a new air-conditioning system. Today’s high-efficiency models with a federal “energy-star” designation use half the energy a 20-year-old model uses. During peak cooling periods, you can cut overall energy bills 20 percent to 40 percent. Ten-year-old-or-older units have seasonal energy efficiency ratings (SEERs) of only 6 to 8. New units are rated 12 or greater, which is a big difference that leads to big savings. Also, many utilities now offer rebates on these units.