If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, there are several factors you should consider before making your final purchase. Here is a brief guide to air conditioner shopping that can help you select the best equipment that will provide the best performance for your home.
- Proper sizing — Air conditioners need to be properly sized to handle the cooling load of your home. Sizing refers to the equipment’s functional capacity, while load refers to the amount of cooling that is needed to meet your comfort requirements. Your HVAC professional can do a load calculation on your home. This process evaluates several thermal and physical characteristics of the building to determine the cooling load. Once the load is known, it’s relatively easy to choose an air conditioner that will meet it.
- Efficiency — Air conditioner efficiency is an important consideration for both performance and cost. High-efficiency air conditioners produce excellent cooling at a lower price because they use less energy. Though high-efficiency cooling systems are more costly, it’s often possible to recover the initial investment through monthly savings by about the halfway point of the system’s expected lifespan. Look for an air conditioner with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) number. SEER numbers around 18 provide very good high-efficiency performance, while SEER numbers in the 20s offer extremely efficient cooling.
- Efficiency enhancements — Several features are available to enhance air conditioner performance and efficiency even further. They include dual-speed compressors, which offer a lower, money-saving operating level; variable-speed blower motors that also have a lower speed that saves money and better controls the amount of cooling the system produces; and a fan-only switch that turns off the compressor and uses the fan when temperatures are cooler and ventilation is all that’s needed.
HVAC customers in Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, and the neighboring Michigan communities can count on Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing for expert HVAC and plumbing services. Contact us today for more information on how to choose a new air conditioner and for access to a full line of home cooling systems that will meet your comfort needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner shopping and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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