How To Choose The Best Air Conditioning Unit in South FL and Tampa FL
Choosing a New Air Conditioning System
Selecting an air conditioning unit for your home is a big decision. It’s an important investment today. It will play a key role in your home energy expenses for years to come. And when the summer heat is at its worst, you’ll want your family to have the best, most reliable cooling comfort possible. Here are a few things to consider:
What do good central air units have in common?
The best ones are efficient, operating on minimal electricity to hold utility bills down. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year when properly maintained. Good systems are quiet, long-lasting and low in service needs.
Obviously, an air conditioner that’s too small won’t keep your home sufficiently cool. But what many don’t realize is that an oversized system will cycle (turn on and off) more than necessary, wasting expensive energy and possibly putting undue strain on the compressor.
Our qualified air conditioning professionals will conduct heat loads to determine the optimum air conditioning unit size for your home by making a careful study of your cooling and heating requirements. Window dimensions and exposure. Floor space, insulation and local climate. Heat-generating appliances. The direction your home faces. Even the amount of your home’s exterior shaded by trees.
He’ll specify the cooling capacity of the system in either Btu/h (British thermal units of heat removed per hour) or refrigeration tons (one ton being equal to 12,000 Btu/h).
Which air conditioners are energy efficient?
Much like automobile manufacturers, today’s air conditioner manufacturers are required by law to evaluate and rate their equipment according to its energy efficiency. This rating is known in the industry as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment.
Most new homes with central air come equipped with a standard builder’s model. However, when replacement becomes necessary, property owners can upgrade their air conditioning by specifying a more energy-efficient system.
An Ultra High Efficiency model, for example, has a SEER of 21, among the highest available. It’s significantly higher than today’s standard models, many of which carry SEER’s of around 13 – 16.
High SEER models are generally more expensive, but can easily make up the difference by reducing your home energy bills over the long run.
We can help you choose the best air conditioner to best suit your needs and budget.
Call us for a free a free air conditioning estimate today!