When you’re buying a new air conditioning system for your home, you want to get the best system for your money. There are a number of things you should consider, from the cost to the size of the unit relative to your home. However, you should also consider the efficiency of the system, since this will save you money over the years.
One of the things to look at is the SEER rating, since this gives you an overall idea of the efficiency of the unit. However, there are several more specific A/C features that you should look for in your new unit, including these five:
- Quiet operation: One of the most annoying things about older air conditioning units is that they can be very noisy. Choose a unit that will operate quietly both during start-up and operation.
- TEV valve: When you’re unit experiences very high temperatures, it may not work as efficiently. A TEV, or thermal expansion valve, will adjust the pressure in the system so it will continue to operate efficiently.
- Fan with variable speed: One of the A/C features you will definitely want to have is an air handler or furnace with a variable speed fan. This will allow the unit to use less energy when you don’t need as much air pushed through the system.
- Fan only switch: There will be many times when you might want to have just a fan operating. For example, at night you might just want to have air circulating in your home. This option allows you to use a fan without simultaneous cooling.
- Warning lights: Another of the A/C features you might want in your new unit are warning lights, which can alert you when things go wrong or when you need a new filter.
Since it is a major investment, it’s important to consider the A/C features that you want before you buy your system. Choosing the right system for you and your home often requires the help of a professional.
If you are in the Grand Traverse County area and have any questions about selecting a new air conditioner, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. Our team of experienced technicians will be happy to help you.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioning features and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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