Latest information about our service during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here.
(203) 364-5816
Home » Choosing a New A/C System: Three Factors To Consider

Choosing a New A/C System: Three Factors To Consider

a/c installation connecticut

A cooling system is one of the biggest home comfort investments you’ll make as a homeowner, so when the time comes to shop for a new one (and if your A/C is more than 10 years old, it probably is), it pays to do a little research.

Here are three critical factors for choosing a new A/C for your Southwest Connecticut home:

  1. Efficiency – The efficiency of an air conditioner is typically expressed in a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which measures how efficiently your A/C makes cold air over the course of a full cooling season. SEER is similar to miles per gallon in your car – the higher the rating, the more efficient the unit is. Most central A/C models have SEER ratings in the 16-20 range; ductless air conditioning units can be even higher.

    The cost of an air conditioner rises about 8-10 percent for every one point increase in SEER, all other things (size, capacity, etc.) being equal. That means you’ll spend more for a high SEER unit, but that cost will be offset in the long run with lower energy bills.

    Either way, replacing an old A/C (which could have a SEER rating as low as 7 or 8) with a newer one will save you quite a bit on your monthly bills – often enough to offset the cost of the unit within a two- to three-year period.

  2. Size – Rightsizing your A/C can reduce energy usage by up to 35 percent, so it’s worth taking the time to get your calculations right.

    One of the key things to remember about central air conditioners is that more power isn’t always better: an oversized A/C cycles (turns off and on) too often, which can wear out the unit prematurely. The key is to get an air conditioner with enough capacity to handle your home’s cooling load – but not much more than that. Some factors that influence cooling load include:

    • The size and layout of your house
    • How much insulation you have installed
    • Amount of sun exposure vs. shade
    • The number, location and type of windows you have

    Evaluating cooling load is a complicated business – to find your best sizing match, you need the help of experienced professionals.

  3. IncentivesRebates and tax incentives on high-efficiency equipment can make an investment in a new A/C system highly compelling – especially if your current unit is 10 years old or more. Contact us to learn more about current incentives.

Contact Rural Fuels today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on a new high-efficiency central air conditioner for your Southwest Connecticut home!