If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner and you’ve never had to make this kind of purchase before, it’s important not to rush into buying the first model that has a high efficiency rating and seems like it can do the job. You want to arrange for a professional air conditioning installation in Pensacola, FL by technicians with licensing and experience—and let them do the first part of the job by choosing the best AC for your needs.
Why you shouldn’t make an AC purchase choice on your own
You can impulse buy many expensive items and still have the results come out all right. A car for example. It’s different with an air conditioner: it must be the right type and size for the house that it’s supposed to cool, otherwise it won’t provide the comfort levels you want and end up draining large amounts of power. It will probably need to be replaced early as well.
Sizing: One of the key parts of choosing an AC is sizing it correctly. This doesn’t mean finding a system that will fit inside the space needed for it in your home (although that’s obviously crucial as well). Sizing refers to finding an air conditioner with the right amount of cooling output for a house. Output is expressed in tonnage: the higher the tonnage, the more cooling capacity the AC has. Residential cooling systems are usually below 20 tons, but it’s essential to find the ideal tonnage that is neither too powerful or too weak.
Going for an oversized system is a common error amateurs make, since they believe you can’t have too much of a good thing like cooling power for a hot day. But an oversized AC will start to short-cycle, turning itself on and off rapidly, because it will lower temperatures too fast and shut itself off before completing the cooling cycle. This additional stress means higher bills and a shorter system life.
You can probably guess how an undersized AC will perform: poorly. The system won’t be able to keep up with the heat. Let professionals do the work to determine the cooling load necessary for your house so they can match it with the right sized air conditioner.
Efficiency: Another easy trap to fall into is purchasing an AC with the highest SEER number possible. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, and the higher the SEER the less energy the unit consumes to provide cooling. But this doesn’t mean a higher SEER will automatically save you money! If the system is the wrong capacity for the house, isn’t suited to the current ductwork, or simply too expensive for you to make back the cost with just efficiency, a high SEER won’t do you much good. Professionals understand how to balance SEER with other considerations so that you have a system that actually will save you money.
Call our local cooling professionals
Our NATE-certified HVAC technicians have experience with beating back the Florida heat. When you arrange for a replacement AC or an installation for a new home, you can depend on them to be thorough making the choice. They’ll have the installation done fast without cutting corners. At the end of the job, you’ll have the right cooling system to last you for years to come.
Lee Heating & Cooling serves Pensacola, FL.