Continue reading to learn how to choose the best air conditioning units for your home. There are several factors that will affect your buying decision. For more information on air conditioning replacement or installation, call an HVAC technician today.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures the energy efficiency of an air conditioner. While the government requires all new air conditioners have a SEER rating of at least 13, there are units with higher ratings. We recommend choosing an air conditioner with a SEER rating between 14 and 22.
The more energy efficient the unit, the more money you’ll save in the long run on utility bills. This is because an energy efficient air conditioner uses less energy to produce cool air for your home. A HVAC technician can help you better understand SEER ratings so you can make an informed decision for your home’s cooling system.
How much money do you have to spend? When shopping for ayou will have to consider the price of the unit and installation costs. While some homeowners try to save money by purchasing an air conditioning unit on their own, we don’t recommend it.
If you are unsure what size air conditioner to purchase, we can help you pick out one appropriate for the square footage of your home. You’re much better off having a HVAC technician help you pick out an air conditioner than being stuck with a unit that won’t be able to cool your home efficiently.
The size of your new air conditioner must be proportional to the size of your house. Otherwise, you could end up with an inefficient cooling system. For example, an AC unit that’s too small won’t be able to cool your entire home. An AC unit that’s too big for your house will reduce energy efficiency while increasing how much you pay for utility bills. An oversized AC unit uses more electricity by frequently turning on and off.
It’s easier to think about the energy efficiency for your AC when you compare it to the fuel efficiency for your car. When you’re bumper to bumper in 5 o’clock traffic, you get poor fuel efficiency because you are constantly stopping and going. However, you get better fuel efficiency when you drive full speed on the freeway. Likewise, your air conditioner runs more efficiently when it isn’t constantly turning on and off.
Before taking a recommendation from a HVAC contractor, make sure that they first do a load calculation to determine the best size for your air conditioner. A load calculation takes into account the square footage of your home, along with other factors such as insulation.
Our Grand Ledge HVAC contractors are experienced with for your home. We also offer services for your furnace and mini split heat pumps. To schedule AC installation, call Superior Home Comfort at (517) 925-1343.