Choosing a New Air Conditioner
Buying a new central air conditioner is a major investment. When repairing your old unit is no longer an option and it’s time to purchase a new air conditioner, here are some things to consider.
- EFFICIENCY – Depending on the age of your old air conditioner, installing a new, energy efficient system could pay for itself over time. By looking at the Energy Star Label on new air conditioners you can find out how efficient the unit is, as indicated by a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating). The SEER rating tells you how efficiently a unit uses electricity: the higher the number, the greater the efficiency.
The typical SEER rating of units manufactured prior to 1992 is about 6.0. In 1992, the government established a minimum cooling efficiency standard for units installed in new homes at 10.0 SEER. High efficiency units have a rating of at least 12.0 SEER.
- MULTIPLE SPEED OPERATION – Multi-speed units can run on low-speed (using about 50 percent of the energy) 80 percent of the time. Consequently, they use fewer on/off cycles and produce fewer drafts and small temperature swings.
- AIR QUALITY – If indoor air quality is a concern, you can effectively reduce indoor pollution by installing a whole house air cleaner to the AC units air handler. You’ll breathe easier knowing that your new system is capturing the contaminants that can cause health problems.
Have questions about choosing the best air conditioner for your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing & Air Conditioning. We have decades of experience in air conditioning.
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