If you think your air conditioning system is on its last legs, it is time to start thinking about replacing your air conditioning system. Purchasing a new air conditioning system is a big choice, so you want to make sure that you enter into this buying decision well informed. Air conditioning systems generally last at least one to two decades, so you want to make sure that you make the right investment.
One of the most important features of any new air conditioning is how energy efficient it is. Since you are going to have your new system for a decade or two, you want to invest in the most energy efficient unit you can right now.
Air conditioners use the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, also known as SEER rating. The minimum rating an air condition system must obtain in order to get a SEER rating is 14. However, don't set your sights on a system with a 14 rating. If you want to install a ducted air system, go for a system with at least a 21 SEER rating. If you want to install a geothermal or ductless system, look for one with a SEER rating closer to 30.
You want a system that is so energy efficient it is going to save you money across its entire lifetime. You may have to pay more upfront for a higher rated SEER system; however, you should enjoy long-term energy costs.
Second, you need to make sure that you purchase the right size unit. If your AC unit is too small, it will not actually be capable of cooling your home and will run endlessly on really hot days. If your AC unit is too big for your home, it will cycle on and off at a great rate, costing you money. You want your AC to be sized just right for your home.
You need an air conditioning contractor to determine the right size AC for your home. The AC size you install is based primarily on square footage, but for the best fit items such as the height of your ceilings and how well insulated your home is needs to be taken into consideration when figuring out what size unit will be the perfect fit for your home.
When purchasing a new air conditioning system, make sure that you find one that is energy efficient and fits your home. Doing these two things will ensure that you have an air conditioning system that works well for your home and saves you money on long-term energy costs. Contact a company, like Logan A/C & Heat Services Inc., for more help.