Choose a System That’s Right for You

April 28th, 2017

According to buying an energy efficient air conditioner can reduce your energy use. “In an average air-conditioned home, air conditioning consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, causing power plants to emit about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide.”

Today’s air conditioners use 30-50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as those made in the 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

Here are some additional factors to consider if you are thinking about upgrading your air conditioner.

Proper Sizing: Too large a unit will not sufficiently remove humidity. Too small a unit will not be able to achieve a comfortable temperature on those hot Tucson summer days.

Installation: Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish efficiency. A licensed HVAC professional will ensure appropriate installation.

Efficiency: Look for models with high efficiency. Central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels. Consider purchasing a system with a higher SEER than the minimum for greater savings.


Remember that Russett Southwest is here to help you with all of your air conditioner needs. Our experts will help you keep your system running at its max capacity during its lifetime. We can also help you make decisions on upgrading or replacing your existing air conditioner. To learn more visit us online at or call (520) 629-9676.