July 20th, 2015

What to Look for When Choosing an Air Conditioning System

Air conditioning systems provides homeowners with an efficient, reliable option for home comfort. Here are some of the factors and characteristics to look for in new or replacement equipment when choosing a central air conditioning system.

Proper Size

Each home has a cooling load, which is influenced by the homeowner’s preferences along with the particular physical and thermal characteristics of the structure. A central air conditioner must be sized properly to account for those factors while producing cooling effectively and efficiently.

Before choosing a central air conditioning system, have your HVAC professional conduct a load calculation on your home. This process analyzes the characteristics of your home and provides numerical results that allow your HVAC pro to give you precise recommendations for cooling system size.

High efficiency

Purchase the most energy-efficient central air conditioner possible within your budget. High efficiency equipment provides excellent cooling while using less energy, which will reduce your monthly cooling costs. Look for a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating.

High-efficiency units start with SEER numbers of 14, with average ratings of about 18. You can find equipment with SEER numbers in the middle 20s. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the equipment will be.

Dehumidification Performance

One of the things an air conditioning system does is dehumidify the inside of your home. Choose a system with the best possible performance as a dehumidifier.

Additional Efficiency Features

Central air conditioners are available with additional features that decrease humidity even further. These include dual-speed air handlers that can run at a lower energy-saving level; air filter change lights that indicate when it’s time to put in a new filter; and fan only switches that allow the unit to operate without the cooling functions to provide ventilation only during cooler weather.

Need Help? Talk to An Expert!

Our goal is to help educate our HVAC customers in the Port Charlotte and Charlotte County, Florida area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC, Heating and Air Conditioning systems).

If you are contemplating having your air conditioning repaired, Contact Dales Heating and Air Conditioning by calling (941) 629-1712 or by filling out our secure Contact Form.