The worst possible thing that can happen in the dead heat of the North Texas summer is for the air conditioning system in your home to fail. It always seems that disaster strikes when it is least convenient (thus making it a disaster, right?). Following some basic tips for choosing a new air conditioning system can save a lot of hassle, heartache, sweat, and money when the unthinkable happens and you’re left trying to replace your a/c unit in triple-digit heat.
First, you should look for energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Energy efficiency in HVAC systems is determined by a SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating), and the higher the rating, the more you can save with the installation of the unit. Air conditioners with a high SEER rating don’t have to work as hard to cool your home and, therefore, use fewer natural resources, saving you on energy costs. It also reduces the emissions into the atmosphere, reducing pollution and promoting green living. Best of all, energy efficient air conditioning systems last longer because they are not pushing as hard to do their job.
Another important step in preparing for the ultimate emergency is to know what size air conditioner unit you will need for your home. If you choose a system that is too small, it will be inefficient in cooling the space, which can lead to greater energy consumption, as well as an early failure of the system from overexertion. However, opting for a system that is too large can cause you to spend too much on energy, feeding into a unit that takes more power than your home requires. A/C systems are measured in tons, with each ton equaling 12,000 BTUs. As a basic guideline, you can assume 12,000-13,000 BTUs will cool about 450 feet of living space.
Shop around for pricing, and get a head start. If you need assistance or expert advice, let our Arlington air conditioning technicians help you in choosing a new air conditioning system that is exactly what you need to cool your home. We are experienced and ready to make sure you are cool and comfortable year-round.