Experts Can Tell You the Best AC Unit Available Today

What is the best AC unit for your home? The answer depends on certain specifics of the house, as well as your particular requirements for comfort and efficiency. One thing’s for certain: More than ever, the wide range of AC options available today can accommodate just about any residential setting and provide reliable cooling to meet any budget. Here’s a rundown of what’s required to keep your home cool and what is the best AC unit available to do the job in your home.

How Cool Is Cool Enough?

Rule of thumb guesstimates aren’t good enough. An accurate cooling-load calculation performed by a qualified HVAC contractor is a room-by-room survey to determine the precise air conditioner BTU capacity required to keep a specific home comfortable and efficient. Air conditioners with undersized or oversized BTU capacity are poor performers coolingwise, cost more to operate, and typically have a shorter expected service life.

Individual Space Cooling

In some cases, the answer to what is the best AC unit means cooling an addition to the existing structure, such as a new guest room. Traditional window units are one option. However, the better — and increasingly popular — alternative is ductless mini-splits. These highly efficient, compact heat pumps consist of a low-profile indoor air handler that’s mounted on a wall and connected by a narrow conduit to a downsized outdoor unit. A single mini-split can provide one room or other limited space with cool comfort all summer long, as well as heating in winter.

Efficient Central Air

Standard-efficiency central air conditioners with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of 13 meet the federal minimum standard for cooling capacity and electrical consumption. High-efficiency units above SEER 14 consume less electricity while providing greater cooling effectiveness at lower monthly costs. Caveat: High-efficiency units also come with a higher purchase price. Your HVAC contractor can estimate the time frame required for lower operating costs to compensate for the higher upfront price, as well as advise you on other pros and cons of standard vs. high-efficiency units.

During this, our 99th summer, we’re still keeping the Wabash Valley cool and efficient. For accurate information and trusted advice about what is the best AC unit, contact Paitson Bros.

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