If your home's current central AC unit has stopped cooling your house or has needed constant repairs, you may be ready to replace it with a newer one. However, with so many options for models and sizes, you may be having trouble picking out the right one for your home. If so, use the following tips to help you select a new central air conditioning unit for your house.
1. Look for a Model with a High Efficiency Rating
Especially if you live in an area where the temperatures during the summer months tend to soar, you may feel the impact of the heat when you look at your monthly energy bills. Because air conditioning units can draw a lot of electricity, one of the top things to look at when picking out a new one is its efficiency rating.
As of 2015, all air conditioning units should have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of at least 13 or 14, depending on the state in which you live. This number gives you an overview of how efficiently the unit will run without wasting a lot of electricity, and subsequently, increasing your energy bills.
However, these numbers are the minimum amount, and you should be able to find ratings that are higher. The higher the number, the more efficient the model, meaning that it will save you money in the long run.
2. Consider the Size of Your House When Making Your Selection
Another thing you need to consider when picking out a new air conditioning unit for your house is the size of your home and the space that the unit will need to cool. If you select the wrong size unit for your house, you may see an increase in your energy bill no matter what SEER it has, and you may not stay as comfortable as you wish.
If you pick a unit that is too small for your house, it will have to run constantly just to keep your house moderately cool. However, having a unit that is too large can be just as bad, as it may continuously cut off before it has a chance to fully cool your home. Plus, constant cycling can be bad for the compressor, which could wear out the unit sooner than later.
Even after going through the above tips, you may still be uncertain as to which model and size air conditioner you should buy. If so, contact an HVAC contractor who offers air conditioning installation services for personalized guidance on which unit is right for your household's needs.Share