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How to Choose an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner

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A properly-functioning AC is integral to your home’s comfort. Nonetheless, you want more than basic comfort from your air conditioner—you expect convenience, adequate cooling capacity, and high energy efficiency.

With so many different ACs in the market nowadays, you might be asking yourself: what are the most energy-efficient air conditioners?

From central air to ductless systems and everything in between, HVAC companies boast energy efficiency as a top asset. But are energy-efficient air conditioners worth it? We’ll answer these questions and more.

The Benefits of Energy-Efficient ACs

So, are energy-efficient air conditioners worth it? Most homeowners would say, “yes.” When you install an AC with high energy efficiency, you will:

  • Use up less energy
  • See savings on your energy bills
  • Be more environmentally-friendly

These benefits, which can be great for your wallet, definitely mean that energy-efficient air conditioners are worth it. Nonetheless, you’re probably still wondering what the most energy-efficient air conditioners are—namely, which one is best for you.

5 Factors to Consider

Before we dive into discussing what the most energy-efficient air conditioners are, let’s first discuss what you should look for in an AC. There are five main factors you should consider.

  • The Size of Your AC

Your home requires a properly-sized AC. If your air conditioner is too small, you risk not being able to cool your entire home. At the same time, an oversized AC will waste energy and lead to soaring energy bills—two things no homeowner wants.

  • SEER Ratings

Since we’re talking about energy efficiency, SEER ratings are essential. Look for an AC with a high (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) SEER rating. A high SEER rating equals high energy efficiency.

  • Cooling Capacity

Here in the Cayman Islands, your new AC system needs to have an adequate cooling capacity, and cooling capacity goes hand-in-hand with energy efficiency. An AC’s energy efficiency is measured in British thermal units (BTUs).

  • ENERGY STAR® Certification

If an air conditioner is ENERGY STAR® certified, that means the AC either meets or exceeds specific standards for energy efficiency. Always keep an eye out for this certification.

  • Overall Convenience

Does the AC you’re considering have a programmable thermostat or incorporate other innovative technology? With a programmable or smart thermostat, you can manually control your AC from your smartphone even while you’re away from your home. As a result, you can rack up energy savings

Ductless Mini-Splits

Let us discuss ductless mini-split air conditioning systems. Ductless mini-split systems are known to be highly energy efficient. Since these systems involve having indoor units for every room in your home, you can precisely adjust the desired temperature in each living space. This means that you’ll waste less energy in cooling rooms you don’t use.

You should consider a ductless mini-split air conditioner if you’re looking for a system that effectively cools your home. With a mini-split unit, you have cool air ready at your fingertips.

Central Air Systems

There are countless benefits to central air conditioning, including clean indoor air and silent operation. By design, central ACs always work to cool your entire home, and new units will blow your mind with incredibly high efficiency rates.

Inverter Air Conditioners

Inverter ACs are pretty new, but they are said to waste less energy than traditional types of air conditioners. At the same time, these systems are known to be more expensive to install than other ACs.

Call Us Today

While energy-efficient air conditioners are undoubtedly worth it, it’s not always easy to know which AC is best for you. At Polar Bear, our expert HVAC technicians know what the most energy-efficient air conditioners are. What’s more, we can help you choose an energy-efficient AC that fits your needs. Contact us at your earliest convenience for the best AC installation in the Cayman Islands!


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John Thistle
John Thistle
21:32 17 May 23
I recently had my air conditioning unit installed by Polar Bear Air Conditioning in Cayman Kai. I was very pleased with the service I received. The workmen, Jerome, Tony, and Nathan, were all professional and courteous. They arrived on time and were dressed in their uniforms. They laid out carpeting where they would be walking inside the house to avoid leaving debris or making a mess. They worked clean and kept the space tidy. They were polite and provided me a good understanding of the work they completed as well as showed me all pieces of equipment. They emailed me a jpg image of each piece of equipment's information plate so that I could record it in my home management software, as requested.Here are some specific details about the work they did:They installed 3 new high-efficiency air conditioning units that are much more energy-efficient (26 SEER) than my old units.They cleaned and disinfected the air ducts, as well as replaced previously installed flex ducts with rigid duct work that is superior in efficiency and durability.They installed new filters to help keep the air clean and free of allergens.They explained the operation of the new units to me and answered all of my questions.They cleaned up after themselves and left my home in good condition.I would highly recommend Polar Bear Air Conditioning to anyone in need of air conditioning installation or service. They are a professional and reliable company that provides excellent customer service.
Charles Mobley
Charles Mobley
01:19 01 May 23
Our ac stopped working a few weeks ago and Polar Bear sent Roemaine and Tyrone to diagnose the problem. Roemaine and Tyrone very quickly identified the problem and communicated with me. It turns out the best option was replacing the condensing unit which Paul quoted within a matter of minutes and they had expert installation team (Tony and Jerome) complete late in the afternoon with short notice. I’m very happy with their work!
17:26 22 Feb 23
I have, over the years been trying to find a reliable, professional A/C maintenance and repair company. I have tried a few. That search is now over after using Polar Bear. Billy and Jerry were absolutely a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable and professional from the initial diagnosis to the final repair. I highly recommend this company and the team that came to do work on my AC. Tim.
Gill Gordon
Gill Gordon
01:58 27 Jan 23
Polar Bear technicians are always very polite, friendly and professional in their service. Each of their technicians that we have dealt with have been great and they are always super responsive to getting someone out. Pictured are Antony and Billy who completed our recent service 👍
Zichri M.
Zichri M.
22:27 30 Dec 22
Great work. I received an email and also a call from the dispatcher that the tech would be calling me, and sure enough, the tech (Simon) called shortly after that to let me know he was on his way which was very much appreciated. The customer service from all of the team and updates was spot on, and Simon was very thorough and very knowledgeable. He was also very courteous and professional. I rate Polar Bear as the best company in town. Great work!
Glenroy Miller
Glenroy Miller
03:27 24 Dec 22
Tyrone is very knowledgeable and professional, he gave me a step by step update of what he was doing. He also gave advice on how best to protect not only the unit but my family. My wife and I are totally satisfied with the service.
Kyle Roberts
Kyle Roberts
22:50 23 Dec 22
Polar Bear's service and response was amazing! Nicole who answered my phone call and scheduled me was extremely friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable! The Technician assigned to me was Simon and he was also extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Within a minute of looking at my system he knew what the errors and issues were! He was able to fix one of the two problems that day, and then came scheduled and came the following day to fix the remaining issue. He was perfectly on time and the courtesy call before arrival both times before arriving was a welcome touch as it made sure that I was ready.Will continue using polar bear for all my HVAC needs! 5*
Kayla Shibli
Kayla Shibli
01:09 05 Oct 22
My experience with Polar Bear has been awesome!!!! From the beginning, the office staff were so professional and kind, then receiving my AC quote, the gentleman has been very prompt in his response time—, the kind of employee that puts customer first and has such a nice and an approachable attitude, very patient in answering my questions and providing guidance as required by me- customer focus completely, then as if that wasn’t enough to convince me to move my AC maintenance and installation to Polar Bear; the technicians that attended to my AC installation provided such excellent service— what stood out was how they used a carpet that was placed on my floor to avoid making any mess on my floor and whatever mess they did make, the technician used their broom to remove it. I know this message is long but I really wanted to express my THANK YOU and appreciation for such excellent customer service that I’ve experienced by Polar Bear — you have won me as a customer!! THANK YOU! Keep up the excellent customer service!!! Looking forward to building a relationship with you as a new customer.
Robert L White
Robert L White
11:48 15 Aug 22
Olivia and Demitri very professional , competent and are delightful people! She came by and diagnosed some issues with our AC system . I am reviewing your estimate at this time..I truly enjoyed meeting them. They both real assets to your Company!Rob
Omari Rankine
Omari Rankine
04:58 10 Jul 22
I am very pleased with the service that was provided by Polar Bear. I had an issue where the ac was not working at one of my rental properties after hours on a weekend. Rohan came all the way out to East End at 10pm and worked on the issue to get the system back up and running. He was very thorough and explained the issue in detail, and the measures I needed to take to prevent it from reoccurring. Excellent customer service

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