Selecting The Right Air Conditioner For Your Home
So, you’ve gotten the news that you need to replace your air conditioning unit or perhaps you’ve known it was nearing its end. It may seem daunting but in the end, you’ll be much happier with your new unit’s performance and you might even notice your bill isn’t as high. Our experienced team has created the following guide to help you decide on what new unit to select.
Select an HVAC Technician
This step is more important than you realize and you should be sure to do you research on your prospective HVAC technician. Too often are we called in to correct the mistakes of untrained, inexperienced, and unlicensed workers. Hiring the wrong person can cost you more in the long run. Look first to ensure that the HVAC technician you hire is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. Also check how many years of experience they have under their belt. Knowing the someone who has been working on A/Cs for years can be reassuring in itself. You should also check customer reviews – what do people say about them on Google or Facebook? Good reviews mean good service and that is exactly what you want.
C&S A/C Services is Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough County’s most trusted heating, cooling, and refrigeration company. Our staff is comprised of certified technicians who are experienced and completely trained in all of the latest HVAC technology and older HVAC air conditioning systems; there is no type of HVAC equipment that we have not worked on before.
Know Your Options
Central air conditioning is common throughout Florida and consists of a duct system, a ventilation system, and an indoor and outdoor unit. But there is more to these units than you may realize, they come in all sorts of sizes and ranges of cooling power. Our certified technicians will review the size of your home and your cooling preferences to help you decide which type of model may be best for you. There are also additional options that you may want to consider:
High Efficiency Cooling – An air conditioning unit with a speed blower fan that is able to automatically lower its speed when it is not necessary for it to run at max capacity. This can help you to conserve energy costs when you are only adjusting the thermostat by a few degrees.
Heat Pumps – This type of unit looks and acts like your traditional central air conditioner but has the ability to run in reverse to provide heating as well as cooling without the need for installing a separate furnace.
Ductless Mini Split System – This type of system does not require a duct or ventilation system like central air does but rather consists of individual wall units that all connect to an outdoor unit. They are a more efficient version of window units and sometimes a better fit for smaller homes or older homes built without the ductwork meant for central air.
C&S A/C Services sells and installs all types of air conditioning units, so whatever option you end up choosing, C&S is there for you.
Understanding Efficiency Ratings and Size
The efficiency of an air conditioning unit is measured by a SEER rating. You can find this rating listed on the Energy Guide of any new a/c unit. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and the SEER rating of a unit is a metric used to measure how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. The higher an air conditioning’s SEER rating the more energy efficient it is. Prior to 2015, the minimum SEER rating requirement for new installations was 13; however, the new Florida standard is 14 SEER.
The size of an air conditioning unit is measured in tons. Although, they do weigh a lot, this isn’t what the size is referring to. The size of an air conditioner is important because the right sized unit will run a full cycle (not cut short or run for too long) which will help the home stay cooler for longer. When it comes to air conditioners, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. There are several factors that are considered when calculating the right size unit for your home including the size currently installed. The certified technicians at C&S A/C Services will help you determine if that size is adequate for your new installation.