How to Choose the Right Air Conditioning System
Buying a new air conditioning system can be a labor-intensive process. After all, air conditioning systems aren’t a one-size-fits-all product. In fact, there are key factors that contribute to an air conditioning system’s long-term performance, and should be greatly considered when choosing from the myriad of available brands and models on the market.
While there may be lots of options to choose from, the right air conditioning system should be efficient and operate using minimal electricity to provide consistent home comfort while also keeping utility bills down. When properly maintained, good AC systems should be able to perform at optimal levels year after year.
Not sure how to choose the right air conditioning system for your home? Here’s where to start:
Look For The Seer Rating
The U.S. Department of Energy has enforced minimum efficiency benchmarks for air conditioning systems with the goal of minimizing wasted energy. As a result, every air conditioning system sold in the market bears an efficiency rating, termed as SEER. (short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating).
Seer is easily visible through the yellow-colored Energy Guide label attached to each unit. It is essential to check the ratings on your prospected air conditioning system before buying it to ensure maximum efficiency (and minimum electricity bills!).
What Energy Saving Features Can They Offer
To be able to get determine the SEER rating, an air conditioning system must be able to provide a certain set of energy-saving features. For example, it should integrate larger coils for more efficient transfer of heat and cooling whenever needed. It should also have a temperature rating, or EER, that is higher than 11.6. Aside from the information being included in the label, you can also gauge the AC’s temperature rating by the presence of a thermal expansion valve, which during hot weather conditions implies high-efficiency operations.
Find the Right Sized AC for Your Treasure Coast Home
Ultimately, not all air conditioning systems are created equal, and there is a lot to consider before investing in a new system. If you’re unsure which system is best for your home, contact the HVAC professionals at Sea Coast Air Conditioning. We will discuss your home, lifestyle and comfort preferences, and we will help you select the right system for your home.