Must-Have Air-Conditioning Features That No Homeowner Should Overlook

Must-Have Air-Conditioning Features That No Homeowner Should OverlookAre you in the market for a new air-conditioning system? If it’s time for you to upgrade this critical component of your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, you should choose the air-conditioning features carefully that you want your new system to have. After all, with the increased life span of today’s units (they can last 15 to 20 years if you maintain them well), you’re likely to be living with them for many years to come.

Your HVAC contractor will utilize sophisticated software to make sizing calculations that will help you determine the correct match between a unit’s capacity and your home’s needs. A particular model’s efficiency and optional components, however, are decisions into which you’ll have substantial input. Here are a few air-conditioning features that you’ll want to take into consideration before you make your final decision. Look for:

  • A model with a high SEER (Seasonal Efficiency Efficiency Ratio.) Units with higher SEER ratings—above 13—may have a higher price tag, but they typically pay for themselves with the savings that you receive from their higher efficiency levels. Additionally, they typically cool more effectively and provide greater comfort levels for you and your loved ones.
  • A high-temperature EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating above 11.6 on a unit with a thermal expansion valve, known as a TEV or TXV. These features influence better performance during the hottest days of the summer.
  • A two-stage unit with two stage compressors and fans, to provide maximum comfort levels and efficiency. Many of these high-end models have SEER ratings over 20, and typically cost approximately 30 percent more than single-stage units. However, they deliver optimum cooling and energy efficiency.
  • Sound-dampening features, such as a vibration-isolated compressor and cabinet insulation that will keep the noise level from the outside unit lower. Ask about the specific noise-decibel figure for any models that you’re considering.
  • A fan-only option, to recirculate cooler nighttime air without running the compressor. This conserves significant energy.
  • An automatic fan-delay option, which runs the fan for a few minutes after the compressor stops, thereby purging conditioned air from the ducts. Each time your compressor and fan turn off, a significant volume of cooled air is left stranded in your ducts. That’s wasted energy that you could put to good use.

The oldest HVAC contractor in the Wabash Valley, Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning has a 90-year tradition of serving Terra Haute residents. Let us show you how we’ve provided nearly a century of expert and trusted sales, service and HVAC advice.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air-conditioning features and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning services Terre Haute, Indiana. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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