What features are important when choosing an air conditioner?

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The sun this week gave us a sneak peek of the glorious warm days of spring and summer that will be here before you know it. It’s not too early to start thinking ahead to your AC system – is your central air conditioning unit in good working order and ready to tackle the upcoming warm days? Don’t have a reliable HVAC cooling system in place yet? Have your filters been changed and are your ducts and vents clean? Start researching your options so it’s ready before the weather turns hot and the seasonal rush hits! We’ve listed some beneficial tips that will help you choose an air conditioner that’s right for you.

Tip #1: Quiet systems are key.
Nobody wants to hear a loud AC unit with a rattling fan! A quiet HVAC system is an important feature and it’s one of the keys of enjoying your new system. Sound level is also important for homeowners that are a part of a strict HOA or for those that live in condos or townhomes. For example, if you’re used to sharing a wall with neighbors, you will need a quiet cooling system so it doesn’t interfere or annoy your neighbors. Keep in mind that if you upgrade to a new unit, it will not only be quiet, but it will be more energy efficient and generate less noise than an old, bulky system.

Tip #2: Energy efficiency is important.
Your HVAC system will use a significant amount of energy, so when you’re shopping around for options, look for units that have high energy efficiency ratings. If the unity has high EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) numbers, you’ll likely be getting a product that is incredibly efficient. This means you’ll save money on your utility bill and you’ll have less of a negative impact on the environment.

Tip #3: Know what size you need.
Do you know what size AC unit you need? If you don’t, we can help, as choosing the right size is a huge part of the overall comfort and temperature of your home. For example, if you live in a large home, it may be a bit more challenging to cool and oversizing could cause the lower level to be too cold. Or, if you live in a small home, you won’t need a huge unit, as there are many other affordable options that don’t require as much as a larger system would.

Not sure where to start? Give us a call and we’ll help you decide what option is right for you, or visit our website for more information. We’re glad to come to your property and assess what size you need, where it would be installed, and what your budget is. Our experienced team is knowledgeable in all sorts of options! With the right cooling system in place, you’ll be set for a more comfortable spring and summer.

12 responses on “What features are important when choosing an air conditioner?

  1. Tyler Meredith

    I like what this article mentions about energy efficiency. It’s important to me that I get a system that will not only last a long time, but also be efficient in its heating and cooling. I’ll have to keep this in mind when looking at different types of systems.

  2. Jeff Madison

    I appreciate your tip on finding an AC system that is quiet. It seems that finding one that doesn’t make a lot of noise would especially be important if you live close to neighbours. My wife and I are looking into getting a ducted AC system so we should probably find one that is quiet.

    1. Brooke Strickland Post author

      New systems are energy efficient & quiet! It’s the best of both worlds. Call us today and we can give you some options within your budget!

  3. Maggie Allen

    Thanks so much for sharing! I can definitely agree that a quiet system would be really nice to have in the home. When you get home from a long day of work, it is nice when you don’t have to hear a ton of noise. Is there usually a correlation between how loud an AC system is, and its energy efficiency? It would be interesting to see information about that.

  4. Kairi Gainsborough

    To me, an energy efficient air conditioning system is the most important quality to look for. My husband have been noticing the cost of cooling rise in our home over the past several years. As our unit gets older, I think it is starting to become less efficient. I can’t wait to finally get it either repaired or replaced.

  5. Sammy Burke

    I guess quiet systems and the feature of energy efficiency are what my son would need to keep in mind for when he buys a new AC unit. Somehow his unit broke down in the morning and he didn’t know what to do with it. Because of his inexperience of fixing it, he’s getting thoughts of just replacing it with a new one that can give him these two features.

  6. Brooke McAvoy

    I probably would not have thought about how quiet a system is if you hadn’t mentioned it, thank you! This would definitely be an important factor for me because I plan on putting this unit very close to my window. I am a very light sleeper and I can see myself being woken up in the middle of the night by the air conditioning. I’ll definitely be buying a quiet system!

    1. Brooke Strickland Post author

      A new system is quiet & highly efficient! We can help you with all the info you need to have the right system installed in your space.

  7. Derek Mcdoogle

    My family and I recently moved into a new home and have noticed that our current air conditioning unit is very old and might need to be replaced. You mentioned that your HVAC system will use a significant amount of energy, so when you’re shopping around for options, look for units that have high energy efficiency ratings. Can most HVAC contractors install any kind of unit? Purchasing a new unit might be a good option.

  8. Baxter Abel

    I’ve honestly never really thought to carefully consider how quiet air conditioners are when you shop for them. It makes sense that that would be an important thing to consider though, I also appreciate what you said about energy efficiency with air conditioners. I’ve heard that more energy efficient air conditioners can save your more in the long run because they cost less money to run!

  9. Burt Silver

    Thanks for the information on choosing an air conditioner. My wife and I really want to replace our system before the summer comes around so we can keep cool. Thanks for mentioning that you should look into the EER rating of a system to make sure that it is energy efficient enough for your home. That is very important to me so, I will make sure I look into it.

  10. Afton Jackson

    Currently, my brother is having a home built for his family. He has been tasked with choosing an air conditioning unit, so he’s doing some research. I didn’t realize choosing the proper size for the square footage is crucial to ensure you get the best value and overall comfort. I’ll pass this info along to my brother.

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