5 Things to Look for in an Air Conditioner
During hot summer months and on the most humid days, your smart home isn’t complete without a dependable air conditioner.
Before renting or buying an air conditioner, check first if it offers the following important features:
1. Consistent Temperature
An ideal air conditioner is one that can maintain a consistent temperature inside your home. If you set a certain temperature, this temperature should be achieved and maintained throughout the operation of the equipment.
The temperature outside your home is bound to change from time to time. The temperature inside your home, however, doesn’t have to fluctuate by the shifting conditions outdoors. Your air conditioner should be able to provide consistent temperature just like cruise control in an autonomous car which provides consistent speed set by the driver, regardless of the road and weather conditions outside the vehicle.
2. Virtually Silent
The other requisite for an ideal air conditioner is its silence. What good does it do if an air conditioner is ultra-consistent in its temperature, and yet, it’s too noisy when turned on?
Some of us want some noise in our life like the sound of our favorite band, the laughter of our kids. No one, though, wants to listen to the noisy humming of an air conditioner.
When buying an air conditioner, find out if the unit is solar-ready. A solar-ready unit can harness the power of the sun. The sun is typically up during summer months and humid days. While the sun brings the temperature up, the heat it radiates can be harnessed as energy to power home equipment – and why not, the very equipment that cools our home.
4. High SEER
When buying an air conditioner, look for a model with high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). SEER is a measure of efficiency and performance of an air conditioner. SEER particularly specifies the amount of energy required to provide a specific cooling output.
“Central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER),” the U.S. Department of Energy said. “SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Many older systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less.”
When buying an air conditioner, look for a model that allows connectivity with your other smart home devices. In today’s interconnected world, your home equipment need not be set apart from the rest of your home devices.
Lennox Air Conditioner
The Lennox air conditioner offers consistent temperature, virtual silence and connectivity. It harnesses the power of the sun and has a high SEER.
1. Precise Comfort® Technology
The Precise Comfort® technology of Lennox air conditioner maintains a consistent temperature inside your home. This technology achieves this level of consistency by making small and continuous adjustments to its temperature output throughout the day.
In this sense, Precise Comfort® technology of Lennox operates similarly to the cruise control of an autonomous vehicle. Cruise control makes tiny and ongoing adjustments relative to the outside conditions of the car – road and weather conditions – at the same time providing overall efficiency.
Regardless of the weather conditions outside, Precise Comfort® technology of Lennox maintains the temperature level that you choose by conducting minute by minute adjustments to the airflow and cooling. Because of this technology, your indoor temperature stays consistently within 0.5 degrees of your chosen temperature, without any cold and hot swings.
2. SilentComfort™ Technology
Even though there are no financial savings for having a virtually silent air conditioner, having one directly affect your comfort. Most air conditioning systems today are quieter compared to those produced in past years. Lennox takes this development to the next level with its SilentComfort™ technology.
Compared to a standard conditioner, the Lennox air conditioner is 50% quieter. It also comes with an industry-exclusive composite fan design with insulated compressor compartment and variable-speed operation to help reduce sound levels.
3. SunSource® Home Energy System
The Lennox air conditioner – in particular, the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection – is solar-ready. This means that this particular air conditioning unit is designed to work with solar modules in Lennox’ SunSource® Home Energy System. You can use a few solar modules at first and add more (up to 16 modules total) when your budget permits.
The SunSource® Home Energy System of Lennox harnesses solar power – utilizes solar power first prior to using electricity from your utility company – to run your air conditioner.
SunSource® Works this way:
- Solar modules harness energy from the sun and send it to your Lennox solar-ready air conditioner.
- The harnessed energy is first used to cool your home.
- The energy that’s left is utilized to run small electronics and appliances in your home.
- The energy left can potentially be sold back to your utility company and earn you a credit.
Benefits of the SunSource® Home Energy System of Lennox include:
- It cuts your cooling bills by up to half.
- It makes you eligible for possible tax credits and rebates.
- It can be installed with no major modification requirements to your home.
- This solar system can be expanded by adding more solar modules whenever you want.
Harnessing power from the sun is environment-friendly. This reduces the need for electricity generated by power plants, which in turn results in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
4. High SEER
The Lennox air conditioner has an industry-high SEER rating of up to 26.00, saving you hundreds of dollars every year on your utility bills. The higher the SEER, the greater your energy savings. The typical SEER ratings of other air conditioners range from 13 to 18.
According to Natural Resources Canada, space cooling comprised 1.2% of the Canadian household energy consumption, 4.3% lighting, 14.4% other home appliances, 17.3% water heating and space heating 62.8%.
5. Connectivity to Nest Thermostat
Your Lennox air conditioner can be connected to your Nest thermostat. When paired with Nest thermostat, your air conditioner will familiarize your routine and adjust the temperature accordingly. Connect with us today to how to save money while installing a new AC.