A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing a New Air Conditioner

If the air conditioner in your Helendale home no longer provides the relief you’ve become accustomed to, it might be time for a new air conditioner. Replacing your air conditioner or installing an entirely new system is a significant investment, so you’ll want to make sure you make a smart choice. Here are a few things to look out for when choosing a new air conditioner.

Buy The Right Size

If your AC unit is over- or under-sized, it will have to work extra hard to keep your home cool. Both scenarios result in unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment, and you might find yourself buying another unit earlier than you thought. Our technicians will always perform Manual J load calculations to determine the size that matches your home’s unique needs.

Evaluate Efficiency Ratings

An air conditioner’s efficiency is measured through its SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) number. Federal guidelines require a minimum SEER of 14, so you should get a unit with a 15 or higher. Higher SEERs mean greater energy savings and lower fuel bills.

Consider Compressor Speeds

The compressor is the component that circulates the refrigerant through your AC coil. Air conditioners typically have one of three types:

  • Single Stage: The least energy efficient and least expensive single-stage compressors only operate in on/off modes.
  • Dual Stage: More efficient than single-stage, dual-stage compressors run on a low setting most of the time and kick into high gear when demand increases.
  • Variable Speed: Variable speed compressors are the most efficient because they speed up or slow down as needs demand. Over time, you’ll recoup the purchase cost through energy savings.

If you’re ready for a new AC installation, check out the air conditioning services we offer at Clemmer Services Heating & Air Conditioning or call 760-208-4930. Our certified comfort specialists are eager to help you decide which air conditioner will give you the greatest relief from the Helendale heat.

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