Tips on Buying a New Heating and Air System

Happy family with a book on the bed As the weather warms up, make sure that your heating and air conditioning unit is working properly and is prepared to handle the heat of summer. Here are 2 tips we feel will help you choose the right system and ensure that you are prepared for summer.

Choose the Right Size

First, you need to ensure that you pick an air conditioning unit that is the proper size for your home. If you are too aggressive and choose a system that is too large for your home, it will end up costing you more money in energy usage because the system will have to cycle on and off more often in order to maintain your ideal temperature. Simply turning on requires energy usage, so the more often the unit cycles on, the more energy usage, and thus the more money, your unit will cost you.

On the other hand, if you purchase a unit that is too small, it will have trouble cooling your home down. Determining the best size unit for your home takes into consideration the square footage, how many windows you have, the direction your house faces, and how much insulation you have in your home. Each of these impacts the cooling requirements and when taking everything into consideration, a contractor or technician can recommend the correct size unit to keep your home cool.

Energy Efficiency

If you are unsure of the proper sized unit for your home, it is best to ask a local air conditioning technician in order to avoid a costly mistake.

When you choose an air conditioning unit, familiarize yourself the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The current standards require that all air conditioning units have a SEER rating at a minimum of 13. A rating starting at 14 qualifies the unit as energy efficient. The higher the rating, the more energy you will save.

As you complete your spring maintenance checklist, remember to give your central heating and air unit a thorough inspection to determine if you need to have a new unit installed for a comfortable and energy-efficient summer season.