The first air conditioner was invented in 1902. While it was originally used to control indoor humidity in order to protect paper and other vulnerable items, it eventually became a means of keeping homes, offices, and factories cool in hot outdoor weather conditions. Here in Chicago, we know all about the need for a quality air conditioning unit.
Air conditioners have evolved exponentially over the years, gaining new functions and features from decade to decade. In fact, today’s air conditioners possesses capabilities that even air conditioners of 10 years ago didn’t possess. Technology is advancing rapidly, and with it, so are air conditioners. Here are the benefits of the modern air conditioner.
1. Controlled remotely
For years, air conditioners could only be controlled from a directly-wired thermostat. In order to increase or decrease the temperature in your home, you needed to physically walk up to the thermostat, and either turn a knob or press a button. With modern air conditioners, this is no longer the case. Air conditioners can now be controlled remotely via phone apps. Perhaps you would like to turn your air conditioning off to conserve energy during a vacation. With a wired thermostat, this would result in an overheated home upon return. But with a modern, wireless thermostat, you could turn the air conditioner on from the road while you’re on your way home, making your house cool and comfortable just in time for your arrival.
2. Digital Thermostats
High energy consumption equals high electric costs. There’s not a person in the world who would rather spend more money than less money. In many homes during the summer months, the air conditioner is responsible for more than 50% of the energy bill. Often times, this is because air conditioners are working hard to cool your house down even after the house is already cool. Wouldn’t it be better if ACs could just automatically shut off or slow down at given times in order to conserve energy and save money?
Well, with modern air conditioners, this is the case. Due to the existence of modern, digital thermostats, air conditioners not only allow you to set specific turn-on and turn-off times, they also learn your specific heating and cooling habits so that they can react accordingly. This ensures that your house is always cool when you want it to be cool and always warm when you want it to be warm.
A new air conditioner may cost a lot initially, but due to the advanced technological capabilities of its digital thermostat, it will be a great deal cheaper in the long run.
3. Humidity control
Humidity, even more so than heat, is the condition which makes it difficult for your body to cool itself down. Because of this, a typical air conditioner is not always enough. An air conditioner may make it feel cool in your house, but despite this, you may still feel sweaty and overheated. This is largely due to the humidity.
One of the more beneficial features that comes with many modern air conditioners is humidity control. Humidity control is essentially a dehumidifier which operates through your entire house in the same way that central air does. By having access to a universal dehumidifier, you can lower the amount of humidity throughout your entire house, thus allowing yourself to cool off easier.
Because you’ll cool off easier, you won’t have to turn your air conditioner down to as low of a temperature. This equals a more energy-conserving air conditioner which, in turn, equals cheaper energy bills overall.
4. Less Energy Consumption
All air conditioners have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER rating. The SEER rating essentially measures how efficient a particular air conditioner is. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your air conditioner will be. Until 2006, new air conditioners were only required to possess a minimum SEER rating of 10. From 2006 to the present, all new air conditioners are required to have a SEER rating of at least 16.
So, if you purchased an air conditioner before 2006, it is more than likely much less efficient than a modern air conditioner. In fact, a modern air conditioner can serve to cut your energy costs by as much as 50% when compared to a pre-2006 air conditioner. A new air conditioner may be costly in the short-term, but it will easily pay itself off in the long run.
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