Background

Did you know that your air conditioner was not designed for where you live?

Air conditioners are designed to a single performance standard for the entire United States, not for the best possible performance in a specific part of the country.

If you stop and think about the July weather in Fresno, CA compared to Miami, FL you can start to see the problem. Both areas are hot in the summer but Miami, like much of the Eastern U.S. is very humid while Fresno, like much of the Western U.S., is very dry. That difference in humidity is the key to how simple improvements to your system can save on your cooling bill.

Air conditioners all across the U.S. both cool and remove water from the air. Since your air conditioner wasn't designed for dry Western climates, it takes more water out of the air than it needs to, wasting energy and costing you extra on your cooling bill. The simple and affordable Cooling Optimizer upgrades can reduce unnecessary dehumidification and turn more of the work done by your A/C into cool air for your home.

See how the Cooling Optimizer upgrades recover lost cooling to improve the cooling efficiency of your system

Proven results from industry leading experts

Cooling Optimizer Program upgrades were developed by Proctor Engineering Group through research for the California Energy Commission to improve the efficiency of air conditioners in California's climate. The Hot Dry Air Conditioning (HDAC) project designed and built two very high efficiency air conditioning systems, studied the performance of each component used in those systems, and developed advanced controls for improved cooling in dry climates.

Results were proven through laboratory testing at PG&E and Southern California Edison, and through a series of tests and energy use monitoring in homes in California and Nevada. The research identified two inexpensive upgrades that could be made to existing air conditioners to significantly improve performance without replacing the entire system:

Proctor Engineering teamed with manufacturers of furnace and air conditioner components to develop these upgrades into products that are now offered through the Cooling Optimizer Program.

More information on the HDAC research is available in the following publications

Intellicast Local Weather Report

Intellicast Local Weather Report

What is Dew Point?
And why does it matter?
 
If you lower the temperature of air, such as with an A/C, dew point is the temperature at which water will begin to condense and form dew.
 
A higher dew point, as is common in Miami, means the air has more water vapor in it, and a lower dew point, as is common in Fresno, means less water.
 
Let's say you want your home to be a nice comfortable 78° and 50% relative humidity.  You need air with a 58° dew point.
 
Since homes aren't completely sealed, outside air comes inside. What you need your A/C to do with that air depends on the dew point. If the dew point is greater than 58°, your A/C needs to remove water. If it's less than 58°, you don't need to remove water.