Yeah, summer is almost upon us and you know what that means? Yep – it’s time to check out the air conditioner. What? You don’t have one?? Well, if you’re serious about staying comfortable on those hot, muggy days without the high utility bills, you need to select an energy efficient cooling system.
With 30+ brands to choose from, your decision to buy the perfect air conditioner is not an easy one. But don’t worry – we’re going to try to simplify the buying process for you.
No matter what form, air conditioning systems have similar working components. These include the refrigerant, compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and evaporator coil. They all work together to transfer heat and moisture from the inside of your home to the outside.
Now that you understand your options, it is critical that you select the right size of cooling system. I know – I’m starting to give you a headache – but this is essential if you don’t want your cooling system to over work or bust your energy budget. What’s the sense of selecting an energy efficient cooling system if it’s too small for the room you are cooling? You’re right, it makes no sense!
Here is what Maytag says about have a professional HVAC contractor specify the right sized cooling system for your home…
Did you make sure your contractor properly sized your air conditioner when you had it installed in your home? Proper sizing is a critical step in the air conditioning purchasing process. Your contractor should not simply base equipment size on rule-of-thumb measurements. In fact, they may not want to go off the size that you currently have in your home. An improperly sized air conditioner can have serious implications for your home comfort AND wallet.
So there you have it. When choosing the right air conditioner, there are many factors that you must consider. But most importantly, make sure you have a HVAC professional properly size it. If it’s too big, your AC will run on short cycles and your home will fill humid. If it’s too small, it will constantly run while pushing your electricity bill through the roof. When you’re ready to buy, make sure you call your local HVAC professional so that he can go through these options with you. In addition, please ensure that he calculates the right size AC for your home.