Seek professional help in determining the size of cooling equipment needed. Oversized units should be avoided—not only because they draw more energy than is necessary, but also because they cannot dehumidify properly.
Replacing an old central air conditioning unit (SEER rating of 10 or less) with a new high efficiency unit (SEER rating of 14 or more) saves at least 33 percent on cooling bills.
Locate the compressor units of central air conditioning and heat pump systems in an outside area that is shaded by the house or by trees and plants. Units should be kept clean and free of any plant or tree overgrowth. In some situations, this may be impractical due to city ordinances and layout of the property lines, but when achievable, it is beneficial.
ENERGY STAR® room air conditioning units are at least 2-10% percent more efficient than current federal standards. New federal energy efficiency standards for room air conditioners took effect in June 2014.
Central air conditioner units are rated on their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER. A rating of 15 SEER is excellent while the minimum cooling efficiency for air conditioners is 13 SEER in the northern states of the U.S. and 14 SEER in the southern states. The new standards took effect on 1/1/2015. All ENERGY STAR® split system units have a SEER level of at least 14.5 as well as having an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of at least 12.0. This is particularly noteworthy for people living in our region of Northeast Ohio. These are standards that Verne & Ellsworth Hann promotes when quoting new equipment to be installed in our entire service area including Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights. This Golden Triangle of local municipalities comprise the majority of our service area, but we also serve Gates Mills, Pepper Pike, Moreland Hills and Lyndhurst.
Set the cooling thermostat as high as comfort will permit. The higher the setting, the more energy you will save.
Heating and cooling take up about 50 percent of the typical home’s total energy bill, costing the average homeowner more than $700 a year.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat. It can be programmed to a preset schedule, so it saves you money and hassle. For window units, consider using a properly rated wall outlet timer.
Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. When planning a new home, install vents of proper size and location to ensure attic ventilation by natural airflow. For existing homes, determine whether attic ventilation is adequate and, if necessary, improve airflow by adding or enlarging vents.
Choose light-colored roof shingles for your house to reflect more of the sun’s heat. The darker the shingles, the more heat that will be absorbed during the summer season.
Now be cool and chill out!
- Richard & Rita G.( Cleveland Heights, Plumbing Repair, February 2020 )
Brian was an excellent worker. He was clear about the problem, worked efficiently and neatly.
- Debby D.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2019 )
The installers were really easy to have in the house. Super guys.
- Gail B.( Chagrin Falls, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, August 2019 )
Efficient – no nonsense!
- Diane H.( Mayfield Heights, Mini-Split Installation, December 2019 )
To all of you, thank you for your professionalism and work ethic. It was a pleasure to have you in my home to install units.
- Richard K.( South Euclid, Boiler Installation, November 2019 )
Great leader in Todd and great team. Everything was very well done. Very impressed with Todd’s 40 years of work at Verne & Ellsworth Hann.