Picking An Air Conditioning System: A Homeowner’s Guide

Air conditioning system installation is a proven way to get the additional cooling your home needs to keep you comfortable during the summer season. However, choosing the right cooling system for your home can be daunting, especially if you're a first-time AC shopper.

Air conditioners come in all shapes and sizes to suit different applications. Here's what to consider to find the best one for your residential cooling needs.

How You Intend To Cool Your Home

Although all air conditioning systems perform the same job of extracting hot air from your home's interiors and redistributing it in individual rooms or the entire house after it is cooled, they are not created equal.

Different types of AC systems are available for your home and each delivers cooling performance differently. When choosing your residential air conditioner, several factors will influence your decision, including the following:

  • Whether or not you have air ducts in your home – a ducted air conditioning system is a no-brainer if ductwork already exists in your home.
  • The amount of space you want to cool – for example, window units are ideal for small rooms while larger units may be required for whole-house cooling. However, the exact size of AC that you need will depend on several things in addition to your residential space. You may need an expert to do your cooling load calculations. 
  • The amount of space available for AC placement – if space is a cause for concern, a reverse-cycle AC unit can be a space-saving choice for your heating and cooling needs.
  • The visual impact of your AC installation – some air conditioners, such as ceiling-mounted mini-splits, have a discreet style and appearance that does not detract too much from your home's interior finishes and decor. Other AC styles, like window units, will be a focal point of interest in the room.

Before buying a particular air conditioner type, ensure it's a perfect fit for your space-cooling requirements.

Your Energy Efficiency Requirements

Operating an air conditioning system costs money. To keep your AC running costs as low as possible, consider the energy efficiency rating of the AC product you want to purchase.

High-efficiency AC models tend to attract higher upfront costs than their less-efficient counterparts. However, they usually pay for themselves in the long run due to the associated savings on operating costs. Low-efficiency units are cheaper to buy, but their running costs can add up pretty fast.

Installing an air conditioner in your home is a major undertaking. If you need professional help with doing it right, don't hesitate to consult your local AC contractor.  

Contact a local company like Mid Mississippi Heating & AC, LLC for more info.