If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, you know that a summer without air conditioning is a summer you never want to repeat. When temperatures reach well over 99 degrees and energy bills launch into dangerous triple digits, cooling your home becomes unreasonably expensive.
But there’s hope. Energy-efficient air conditioners are making high utility bills a thing of the past. They save as much as 30% your first year, and only continue to cut costs as utility rates go up.
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If you're in need, the government wants to help pay for your installation. Federal and Phoenix utility rebates make it possible for many homeowners to afford a new HVAC this summer. Our Phoenix air conditioning contractors are not only experienced in applying for these rebates, but they can help you select the proper sized system for the square footage of your home, maximize cost savings and keep your HVAC running effectively well into the future.
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So which type of air conditioning system is best for Phoenix? It depends on the size of your home and number of rooms you need to cool, but in general, evaporative cooling systems are ideal for hot, dry climates like the Southwest.
Evaporative coolers are extremely energy-efficient, and cost less than regular air conditioners. Installation is also fairly simple for your local HVAC contractor. In terms of effectiveness, evaporative coolers are able to reduce your indoor temperature from 90 to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (with outdoor humidity of 20 percent). This means that you’re receiving maximum output for low-end costs.
Evaporative coolers work by drawing hot air from your home into a water reservoir inside the machine. The water evaporates, and in a natural process absorbs heat from the air. That cool, conditioned air is then circulated throughout your home. Evaporative coolers work best in dry climates that are also located inland—perfect for Phoenix.
Another option is to buy several air conditioners for the rooms you need to cool. In general, the better the SEER rating on the air conditioner, the more efficient the machine. Although higher SEER ratings bring higher upfront costs, that money will be paid back multiple times into the future via lower energy bills.
A third, albeit more expensive option is a heat pump. It runs very efficiently and works as both a heater and air conditioner—the full HVAC package. When used in the summer, it pumps hot air from inside much like a central A/C. But in the winter, it draws heat from outside and distributes it throughout your home.
Ultimately, your best bet for getting a good deal on HVAC this summer is to shop around, speak with multiple contractors and compare their bids. Typically, the middle-range estimate is the best price for the most value.
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