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:
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.
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:
Evaluating cooling load is a complicated business – to find your best sizing match, you need the help of experienced professionals.
Contact Rural Fuels today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on a new high-efficiency central air conditioner for your Southwest Connecticut home!