How to choose air conditioner

Air conditioners work by dehumidifying the incoming air, ultimately supplying cool air to your home through duct work system. For homes that do not have duct work systems installed they are normally using a ductless cooling system, also called the mini split systems which come in either just the cooling option or you can choose a heat pump mini split system where it provides both cooling and heating for your home.

TYPES OF CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONERS

An air conditioner is either a central system, a split-system unit or a packaged unit which is typically for commercial buildings.

In a split-system central air conditioner, an outdoor compressor, and an indoor modern and sleek designed evaporator. If your home already has a furnace but you are building and addition to your home or you have no existing duct work system, a split-system is the most economical central air conditioner to install.

In a central air conditioner, the condenser cabinet sits outside which usually is placed on a concrete slab next to the house’s foundation, and the evaporator are all located in one cabinet near the furnace.  This type of air conditioner also is used in small commercial buildings.

CHOOSING OR UPGRADING YOUR CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER

Central air conditioners are more efficient than room air conditioners or window air conditioners. In addition, they are out of the way, quiet, and convenient to operate. Save energy and money, by choosing an energy-efficient air conditioner.

Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid 1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

HOW TO CHOOSE AIR CONDITIONER FOR YOUR HOME? 

If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a high efficiency unit. If you do so, consider the following factors on how to choose air conditioner for your home.

Does your installed system operate as promised? CEE (Consortium of Energy Efficiency) Says not necessarily! According to recent research “Most central air conditioning systems are not installed properly”.

47% OVERSIZING EQUIPMENT
70% IMPROPER AIRFLOW
44% IMPROPER REFRIGERANT CHARGE

Proper sizing and installation are key elements in determining air conditioner efficiency. Too large a unit will not adequately remove humidity and over cycles will shorten the compressor’s life expectancy. Too small a unit will not be able to attain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish air conditioner’s efficiency.

When buying an air conditioner, look for a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of at least 13.5 for new built homes or 14.5 for replacements jobs. SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Many older systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less. The minimum SEER allowed today is 13. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label for central air conditioners with SEER ratings of 13 or greater, but consider using air conditioning equipment with higher SEER ratings for greater savings.

Contact Impressive Climate Control comfort advisers to help you out on choosing the right air conditioner for your home today.

 

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