According to news reports, now may be the perfect time to invest in home improvements, such as energy-efficient air conditioners. The key here is to make responsible, cost-effective, and environmentally-sound improvements that add value to your home with minimal impact to your wallet. Below, we’ll examine some benefits of adding efficient air conditioners to homes.

With summer approaching, many homeowners are upgrading or adding energy-efficient air conditioners to their homes. Over time, efficient air conditioning can reward home owners with lower energy bills. A downloadable calculator developed by the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE helps homeowners realize what their home air conditioning savings can be. And federal tax credits may also provide savings to homeowners. Between January 1 and December 31, 2011 Federal tax credits of up to $500 are available for consumers who purchase qualifying high-efficiency heating and cooling products for their homes.

Energy efficient air conditioners can save families up to 56% on their cooling costs

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By purchasing qualifying energy efficient air conditioners that earn the ENERGY STAR® logo you could be eligible for the tax credits. ENERGY STAR-rated products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines supplied by the federal government using Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio ratings(SEER). Higher SEER numbers mean more efficient products and play a big part in determining a unit’s efficiency.

Also, with research, you’ll find that the most environmentally-sound A/C units out there today use refrigerants such as Puron® refrigerant, an environmentally-sound refrigerant, instead of Freon. Puron refrigerant, designed to not harm the ozone layer, is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners have a higher seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) than standard models. Saving energy reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. And choosing our ENERGY STAR products helps enhance the comfort of your home and makes for cleaner air.