A Guide to Choosing the Right Air Conditioner

New Air ConditionerWith hundreds of models offered by dozens of vendors, shopping for a new air conditioner can be confusing and frustrating. Metro Express Service is pleased to offer the following guidelines to assist you in your search for enhanced comfort and enjoyment of your home.

Types of Air Conditioning Units

Window Units

This type of unit is placed into a window and delivers refrigerated air into the immediate area via one or more vents located within the unit. The main advantages of window units are easy installation and no need to create ducts within a dwelling’s structure. Their primary disadvantage, however, is relatively limited cooling capacity. Depending on your home’s size, you may need to install multiple window units in different rooms of the house.

Split Units

Split units offer somewhat more cooling power than window units. Like window air conditioners, split units require no ductwork.

Central Units

Central air conditioning units are capable of cooling an entire house quickly and efficiently. Their main drawback is the need for extensive ductwork throughout interior walls and ceilings in order to distribute cold air to all rooms.

Main Factors to Consider


Determine a price range that you can realistically afford. This is the most significant determinant of what type of unit you are able to buy.

Window air conditioners have the lowest price of the three types discussed above. Central air conditioners cost somewhat less than split types; however, be sure to factor in the cost of ductwork installation in the initial costs of central air conditioning.

Cooling Capacity

The amount of cooling capacity you need will depend on the size of your home, the amount of time spent inside, and the number of occupants who reside there.

Efficiency Ratings

The standard measure of air conditioner efficiency is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER), which indicates the amount of cold air generated for each level of energy consumption. The higher the SEER number a unit has, the greater its overall efficiency and the less energy it will consume.

Brand Name Reputation

Do not be fooled by the low price of a little-known or disreputable air conditioner brand. Lower efficiency and quality of workmanship typically cost you much more in the end.

Making the Upgrade

After deciding which type, brand, and model of air conditioner is right for you, the next step is to contact a licensed, professional Arlington air conditioning company to complete your new air conditioner installation.

Metro Express Service has the skill, experience, and equipment needed to ensure the best outcome for you. Call us today at 817-516-0700 for further assistance or if you need more information.


Randy Murphy

Randy Murphy has been building his knowledge of the air conditioning and heating business for several years now. He first started applying his knowledge while working for his father’s HVAC company. Later, in 1987, Randy started his own business: Metro Express Service. He has been a top 10 Trane & Amana dealer for over eight years. When it comes to heating and cooling, Randy knows the business better than anyone.
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