Choosing the Right Central Air Conditioner

There are many different factors that must be taken into consideration when choosing a central air conditioner. These air conditioners not only keep your home cool but they can also dehumidify and filter the air. One thing to consider is what part of the home do you need the air conditioning.

Factors to consider

• Size of the central air conditioner-you want to make sure that the cooling power of the air conditioner matches the characteristics of the home. The contractor that is installing the air conditioner can do a load calculation to make sure the there is a proper account of the window area, insulation levels, and size of home are figured.
• Where it is going to be installed-where it is place can affect the efficiency of the air conditioner because if there is too much interference the air will not flow through the area freely.
• Moisture performance-how comfortable you are will depend on controlling the humidity. Air conditioner systems will vary in how they are able to extract the moisture from the air so talk to the dealer about the unit’s performance before purchasing a central air conditioner to be sure it the right one for your home.
• Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (seer ratings)-this will give you the necessary information on the efficiency of the unit. Most of the older units have a rating of seven while the newer ones will not have a rating below thirteen.

Many homeowners have the misconception that the larger the size of the central unit the more attractive, efficient, and appealing it is but there are drawbacks with choosing a large size system.

• This system will turn on and off frequently
• More expensive
• Have more wear and tear
• It will not run long enough to take the moisture out of the air
• Uses a lot of electricity giving the homeowner higher electric bills.

Advantages of a central cooling unit

• They are the most effective way to regulate cool air as the air is sent along a direct route to the individual rooms
• They make less noise than window air conditioners
• The visible part of the unit is the compressor, and it is located outside of the home so they do not affect the view from the window, take up any extra space in the room, block any spaces, and convenient to operate
• More energy efficient
• Most work in a reverse cycle too, which means that in the winter they will pump in hot air.
• They keep your entire home cool instead of just one room

If you are still unsure take to the dealer before buying one.