As much as eighty percent of new homes built in the U.S. are built with central air conditioning units installed during initial build. Central air just makes good sense. It maintains the indoor temperatures in a comfortable range while filtering and dehumidifying the air. This is particularly important for people who suffer from allergies or asthma. Central air conditioning units can also be installed in pre-existing homes.
When shopping around for central air conditioning units, there are several things to keep in mind. One is the size of the home you will be cooling. Air conditioning units come in different sizes, so it is important to choose the most efficient size for the required cooling job. If the unit is too large, it won’t dehumidify properly. To determine the right size, contact us today for a free quote. We have access to a calculation method called “Manual J” that helps size a unit properly.
Another important consideration for central air conditioning units is a performance rating called the SEER rating. These letters stand for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. New air conditioners are required to have a rating of 13. A unit that was installed over twenty years ago probably has a rating of only 7 or 8. Technology has improved the energy efficiency, thus the more stringent efficiency requirements.
By replacing old inefficient air conditioners with new central air conditioning units, you can save lots of money in cooling costs and energy bills. It is estimated that increasing the SEER rating from 11.5 to 13 could save you over $500 each year in cooling costs. Also, look for “Scroll(tm) technology” when choosing an air conditioning compressor for the latest in efficiency.
Another thing to look for in central air conditioning units is the Energy Star rating This is a certification given to new appliances that use less energy than other new models. Of course, they use much less than equivalent units that are a number of years old.
When installing central air conditioning units, the location of the outdoor unit can make a huge difference. If it is surrounded by vegetation or is under a deck, the air will not be able to flow freely in and out of it. Also consider that units can be noisy. Don’t install it near an area where you like to enjoy company eating or visiting outdoors, such as a patio or deck.
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