How to Choose a New Air Conditioner
When shopping for a new AC installation or replacement, many homeowners are caught in a situation where they are frustrated, overheated, and feeling pressed for time. This can make an important process feel very stressful, but we at Midwest Heating & Cooling are here to tell you that it does not have to be the nightmare that you may feel it to be!
Follow along while we offer up the need-to-know information about buying a new cooling system in simple, straightforward terms.
Understanding Air Conditioner Size
AC systems are sized according to their BTU (British Thermal Unit) output, which is essentially how much cooling strength they will put out for the amount of energy they consume. An HVAC contractor can provide you with a good estimate for your home.
Choosing According to SEER
Once you understand what size of system you need, understanding what SEER is and why it matters comes next. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of a cooling system is basically cooling output over a season divided by the energy it consumes.
As a general rule of thumb, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient a system is. However, there is certainly such a thing as having a SEER rating that exceeds your needs—essentially, diminishing returns that don’t pay off.
What SEER works best for your home will be determined by the size of your home, your location, insulation levels, number and quality of windows, as well as a few more factors. For many homes, even a SEER rating of 14-16 can provide substantial benefits (13 is the current mationwide bare minimum).
Selecting Additional Features and AC Type
Long gone are the days where a central forced-air AC or a heat pump would be your only option. Now there are central AC, heat pumps, ductless heat pumps, geothermal units, and hybrid split air conditioners. Your best means of deciding what works best for you is discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each with a skilled, trustworthy local HVAC contractor.
There are other additional features to consider as well, including:
- Thermostat type – Digital, programmable, Wi-Fi programmable
- ENERGY STAR® qualified AC systems for added energy savings and quality
- Energy saving settings
- Reduced noise systems
Choose Midwest for AC Replacement in Milwaukee, WI
Even with the provided information, we know that selecting the ideal cooling system for your home can feel overwhelming. Your best course of action is always to work with skilled, certified, and honest AC contractors. If you’re looking for assistance in picking the right system for your home, Midwest is always happy to help!