What to consider when shopping for a new air conditioner

When you make the decision to replace your old central air conditioner in Hamilton, there are a few things to consider. We are going to touch on two of those considerations; size and SEER of the unit. Let’s concentrate on proper sizing first. An oversized unit will be expensive and inefficient to operate. An undersized unit won’t be able to get the job done and will not provide the comfort you desire. The sizing of the units cooling capacity also has an effect on the ability to properly dehumidify the air.

An over-sized air conditioner will quickly cool the air, without running long enough to operate at peak efficiency or dehumidify the air. This creates a cold and clammy feeling. An undersized unit can result in uncomfortably warm rooms even though the air conditioner is constantly running. This reduces its lifespan and creates high energy bills. A properly sized air conditioning unit cannot be determined by simply calculating the square footage of your Hamilton home. For instance; a home’s construction, insulation values and amount and quality of windows are just a few other determining factors.

Let’s move on to SEER and how it can affect your decision on the purchase of your new air conditioner? First of all, SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient a given air conditioner is. Simply put, you will most likely pay more for a higher SEER rating at purchase, but it will use less energy to run, which saves you money on operating costs over the lifespan of the unit. A little more cost upfront, can save you a lot in the long term.
When you combine proper sizing, with the energy efficiency you desire, you will be much happier with your purchase.

Langton ClimateCare has been keeping families in the greater Hamilton area comfortable for over 20 years. We carry a variety of products and are always happy to assist those who require heating and cooling services.