When your old HVAC unit finally kicks the bucket, it’s imperative to get a replacement fast. No matter what time of year it is, without a heating or air conditioning you and your family will be at the mercy of the elements. It is equally important, however, to know how to shop for a suitable HVAC unit and air conditioning services in Watkinsville. Here are the facts you need to know from the professionals at Premier Comfort.
For many, the hardest part about shopping for a new air conditioning unit is determining the size you need for your home. There are several factors to consider, but an easy equation will help you determine your magic number. The ability for a unit to heat or cool your home is measured in units called ‘tons.’ One ton is approximately 12,000 BTUs or British Thermal Units. To calculate your energy needs, take the square footage of your home (or individual rooms if you are shopping for window units) and multiply it by 25. This is the number of BTUs it will take to cool your home one degree per hour. Divide that number by 12,000 then subtract 0.5. Round your answer to the nearest half-ton. For example, a 2,000 square foot home will need a 4-ton unit at the very least. Size is very crucial when it comes to HVAC units. You don’t want a unit that is too large or too small for your energy needs. A larger unit will use more energy on frequent starts throughout the day while a unit that is too small for your home will exhaust itself trying to meet your desired indoor temperature. This can cause overheating and excess wear on the compressor.
When you are shopping for your new unit, look for the blue and white Energy Star logo. This logo is only found on appliances that have been certified by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since 1992, the Energy Star Program has matched millions of consumers with products that save them money on their monthly utilities while at the same time, protecting and preserving the environment for future generations.
Before you install your unit air conditioning unit in Watkinsville, make sure your technician is licensed, insured, and trained to handle your installation and maintenance.