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4 Tips to Help You Choose the Right AC for Your Home

Having problems with your air conditioning unit? Is it time for a new one? If you are in the market for a new air conditioning system, here are a few tips to help you find the right one for your home.

  • Size is important, so make sure you get the correct size for your home.

If your system is not the right size, you are going to have problems. For example, if the unit is too big, it may cool your house quickly, but it won’t operate long enough to take the moisture out of the air. As a result, you may feel cooler, but still kind of sticky or sweaty. So, you turn down the temperature even more, which causes you to use more energy and money.

Also, if moisture is not removed from the air, it can lead to the formation of mold and other kinds of moisture-related damage.

To determine the right size, the load of the home has to be calculated – this is figuring out how much cooling capacity the unit must have in order to cool the home properly so that everyone is comfortable. Naturally, the size of the house is important in determining the load. But there are other considerations as well, factors such as what the house is made of; how it is situated toward the sun; the type of insulation; and the number, size and placement of rooms, doors and windows. There are mathematical formulas that factor in all of these things, and they are now computerized.

  • Check energy efficiency.

Air conditioning is an energy hog, and energy is expensive. So, you want a unit that is as efficient as possible. To help you out, the U.S. Department of Energy established minimum efficiency standards for air conditioners. Each AC unit has a rating, called a SEER, for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It is stamped on each unit.

The higher the number, the more efficient the unit is, and the less it will cost to do its job of cooling. The most efficient units have a SEER around 15 to 17.

  • Check warranties.

Before you buy any air conditioning unit, read its warranty thoroughly. Make sure you understand the terms and restrictions. Warranties can differ widely depending on the manufacturer. The warranty might cover most of the unit or give you different kinds of coverage for the different parts of the unit.

  • Check the contractor.

Most of the brands on the market today are similar – they are all very good. What will make the difference in how your unit operates is the contractor you hire to install it.

Air conditioning systems are not like LEGOs. You don’t just snap the pieces together. It takes a lot of time and training to know how to do it right, to calibrate the system properly. The contractor usually also figures the load of the house, so you want to make sure you have someone who knows what he is doing.

Time for a new air conditioning unit in your home? Take a look at some of the units from terrific manufacturers we sell here at Rescue Air Heating and Cooling. Contact us at (972) 201-3253 for more information.