Residential Air Conditioner FAQs

Does my air conditioning system affect my energy bill?

Yes! Heating and cooling costs comprise approximately 40% of your energy bill.

Can I prevent damage to my air conditioning system?

Yes! Proper maintenance of your air conditioning system can prevent future malfunctions

How do I properly maintain my system?

Consult the owner’s manual of your system to learn how to best maintain yourself. Regardless of your specific system, keeping the filters and filter coils cleaned are an important part of unit maintenance.

How can I tell my unit is malfunctioning?

If you notice something is different with your system it may be malfunctioning. If a smell is coming from the unit, it is making more noise, or it is on and your home is not cooling it may be malfunctioning.

What kinds of air conditioning systems are there?

There are a variety of air conditioning systems including: split system, unit in window, solar, standalone and cassette.

What unit works best for me?

Each person will need to decide upon a unit that fits the unique needs of their budget, values and home.

What are things that I should consider when looking to buy and air conditioning unit?

There are multiple factors you should consider including:

  • Initial cost
  • Space available
  • Energy usage

If I am planning to move soon should I buy an air conditioning system?

Yes. Certain air conditioning systems, such as solar air conditioning, will increase the market value of your home.

I’m renting, can I still install an air conditioning system?

Yes. However, if you are installing a system that will alter the structure of your home (solar, central air, etc.) you must consult your landlord before installing.

How much room does an air conditioning system take up?

This depends on the system. Window AC units will take up a window while cassette AC systems are on the roof and do not take up any room.

How much do air conditioners cost?

Air conditioning systems vary greatly in prices. Some units may only cost a few hundred dollars while having an entire system installed, such as solar air, can cost a few thousand.

Do all air conditioning systems affect my energy bill the same?

No. Some air conditioning systems, such as solar, are more energy efficient. This means that they use less energy and your energy bill will not be as high.

Are there eco-friendly air conditioning options?

Yes! Solar energy can greatly reduce the energy required to cool your home. Less energy not only means a smaller energy bill, but also a smaller foot print.

How can I have a solar panel air conditioning system installed?

Solar panel air conditioning systems will need to be installed by technicians from a company trained in the unique needs of solar panels, such as Energy Efficiency Pros.

Should I inspect my unit after storms?

Yes. Storms can cause damage to units located outside the home. Additionally, if you have a solar panel on your roof you will want to check on this throughout the winter as well.

Are there any government incentives for getting a solar panel air conditioning system?

Yes, there are tax benefits for installing certain solar air conditioning systems.

When is the best time to install an air conditioning system?

If you are looking to install a new system, such as solar or central air conditioning, some companies offer incentives for buying in the winter months, since they usually have low sales. If you are buying a window air conditioner check the sales at your local store.

How can I make my current unit more energy efficient?

Cleaning filters, increasing air flow in rooms by using fans and making sure doors and windows are closed while the unit is on can increase the energy efficiency of your system.

Does having children affect my air conditioning choices?

Possibly. If you have toddlers you want to be careful where you place standalone AC units as they could push on them and they would fall over and possibly hurt your child.

Does the time of day I use my air conditioning system affect my energy bill?

Possibly. Some companies charge less when air conditioning is used in the off hours often after 8 PM and more during the peak hours.