Posting Date: February 23, 2018
Posted by: Al Hill, Branch Manager of Las Vegas, NV
If your home air conditioning system is on its last legs and its been a while since you’ve shopped for one, you may be in for a surprise: today’s high-efficiency cooling options are far better performing than their decades-old counterparts, but that improvement in performance comes at the cost of a more complicated buying experience.
To help simplify your choices a bit, here are the four key considerations you’ll need to take into account when shopping for a new A/C system for your home:
- Size – When it comes to cooling your home, you might think that a bigger air conditioner is better, but that’s not always the case: an oversized A/C will cycle (turn on and off) more than necessary, causing unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment. An undersized one, of course, will also overwork.
Getting the size of your A/C unit right is well worth the trouble: a properly sized air-conditioning system can reduce energy usage by up to 35 percent , according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. To right-size your new system to the cooling load of your home, you’ll need to take into account many factors – the style of your home, the amount of insulation you have installed, and how much sunlight your house gets, to name a few.
- Efficiency – SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a measure of efficiency –how much cooling power you get over the course of a cooling system compared to the amount of energy your equipment “eats” to produce it (you can think of SEER like MPG for your car – the higher the number, the more efficient your cooling system is).
Most central air conditioning units we sell have SEER ratings between 16 and 20. Higher SEER units cost more – about 8-10 percent for every 1-point of SEER increase in a comparably configured system. It will usually take two or three years to offset the cost of an 18 SEER unit vs. a 14 SEER unit, depending on how much you use it.
Of course, cooling system efficiency is about more than SEER – improper insulation or poor installation can raise your energy consumption dramatically (a big reason why professional installation by experienced technicians is an investment that will pay immediate and lasting dividends).
- Central vs. Ductless – Central Air Conditioning systems are great – if you have ducts in place. If you don’t, don’t worry – ductless systems can deliver amazing, whisper-quiet performance, with the added advantage of enabling precise control over zone cooling and better air quality.
- Rebates and specials – Manufacturer’s rebates and government incentives on high-efficiency equipment can save you a bundle on a new A/C – sometimes enough to tip the scales in favor of an even better upgrade.
Ready for an A/C upgrade? Let our pros help you make the best choice for your home and budget. Contact Broward today for a FREE estimate on a new, whisper quiet, high-efficiency air conditioner for your home!