Energy Efficiency and Air Conditioning

Depending on your situation, different Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) solutions and factors can impact your energy use. We're here to help you find the HVAC system that's best for you. 

Picking the right system

There are many factors that go into choosing the right air conditioner for your home. Whether you rent or own, the size of your space and your budget could all be factors in a decision. 

Here's a quick look at three options:

Window AC 

A good choice for apartments, or cooling single rooms in larger homes.

Cost to install: $200 to $500

Ductless Mini-Splits

These heat pumps* are good for homes that lack ductwork, or for cooling single rooms. 

Cost to install: $1,500 to $6,500

Central AC 

Often the most energy-efficient HVAC solution for cooling an entire home.

Cost to install: $3,500 to $12,000

*Heat Pumps can be an extremely efficient way to heat and cool your home, but setting energy use expectations is key. Learn more here

What else can impact your costs?

Details can add up to impact your cooling costs in a big way. Here are some factors to consider when deciding what HVAC solution to buy, and how you run your equipment:

  • The size of the space you're cooling. A big room with high ceilings will take more energy to cool down than a smaller area. 
  • The temperature outside. Your HVAC system will have to work harder to keep you cool when it's really hot outside. 
  • Humidity. When it's humid in your home, your system needs to work extra hard to keep you cool, resulting in higher energy costs and extra wear and tear on the system.
  • What you set your system to. In general, the lower you set your AC system, the harder it will have to work. Use our Cooling Cost Calculator to learn more and find the optimal temperature for your home.  
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