When it comes time to purchase and install a new AC unit, there are several things to consider during the buying process. AC units come in all shapes, sizes, and brands, making them difficult to compare. And how do you know what the perfect fit is for your house and situation? Considering the following three main factors when choosing a new unit can help you make an informed and wise decision.

AC Unit Size

Sizing for AC units is calculated in “tonnage.” Often when you think of a ton, you imaging weight. In the HVAC world, tonnage determines an air conditioners cooling power. It is similar to engine size in a car. For example, a V-6 engine that is a 4.0L is more powerful than one that is a 2.5L. A 5-ton air conditioner is more powerful or has more cooling power than a 2-ton unit. When considering the size AC unit you need for your house, first determine what you have and how well it is cooling your home. Square footage, the location of the unit and the insulation in your home will also help determine the size you need. When an HVAC company coms out to give you a quote, they should be asking all these questions as well as examining your home, attic, and basement. Be sure to explain any current issues, such as rooms that never really cool or hot zones.

AC Efficiency

In addition to size, considering the efficiency level of an AC unit is essential. All air conditioners sold in the US are marked with an efficiency SEER number. This Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is determined in the factory when the AC unit is manufactured. Current federal regulations require a minimal SEER value of 13 on all newly distributed AC units. The higher the SEER of your new air conditioner the more energy efficient it will be. This should have an effect on your monthly energy bills and can save money in the long run. Considering the total cost of an AC unit and the additional expense of increased SEER value should be weighed against potential monthly savings. Depending on how old your last air conditioner was and how inefficiently it was running, the increase in SEER value could be in the double digits.

Finding the Right AC Installer

In addition to size, efficiency, and brand you also have a choice in who you hire to install your AC unit. Finding an HVAC company that will give you honest answers and recommend the right size for your home is so important. Spending extra money on an AC unit that’s bigger than you need is not something anyone wants to do. The HVAC experts at Westerhouse Heating and Cooling are ready to help you through this process. They understand that buying an AC unit is a big purchase and often done under pressure, meaning a broken AC. They take the time to talk you through your options, help you weigh the best choice for you and install it right. They are there to help you maintain your AC unit and your HVAC system year in and year out. Give Westerhouse a call at (785) 542-2707 today and stay cool all summer long.