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Thinking about energy efficiency before you buy can save you money

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One of the factors that makes some folks hesitant about investing in a central air conditioning system is the cost. The idea of buying and installing an AC can be intimidating to a family living on a budget but in the long run it may save you more money than relying on a legion of electric fans to keep cool.

There are a number of strategies you can employ to make sure you're keeping your energy bill manageable and make the investment in central air worthwhile. For Washington D.C., Rockville, Maryland and Fairfax, Virginia AC installation this summer, John C. Flood offers the best options in cost-effective products. Our installations will address duct insulation, leaks and other efficiency hazards but you should be thinking about saving energy even before you make the call.

It starts with your choice of air conditioner. The first thing you'll want to make sure of is that which ever system you get, it's an Energy Star certified product. Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program where, in order to earn certification, products must be tested for energy efficiency not only before they're released but on an ongoing basis. So you can be sure that anything that comes with an Energy Star label will be efficient. In fact, according to Energy Star, AC products they certify will be 15 percent more efficient than the typical unit.

Finding the right size unit for your home is also a big money saver. Using a unit that's too big for your home will cause you to spend more money both up front and in the long run on power. The best strategy would be to calculate the area of the space you want to cool and use this chart to find an AC that's powerful enough to service your home—but not so powerful that it costs you unnecessary money.