Improving Your Air Conditioner

Pick The Right Air Conditioner For Your Home Installation

When you're ready to stop sweating in your home, it's time to call an AC installation service. They can hook up the air conditioner of your choice and fit it neatly into the appropriate place in your home. Your AC technician can take care of the physical labor, but they can't choose an air conditioner for you. Here are three AC facts that will help you make a smart selection:

1. Bigger is not necessarily better.

When selecting an air conditioner, you naturally want one that will do a good job of cooling your house. You may be tempted to choose the biggest AC unit you can find in order to accomplish this. However, an AC unit that's too big for your house can lead to greater costs down the line. Larger air conditioners draw more power, which may be unnecessary to cool your space. If the air conditioner has a built-in thermostat, it will turn off when it reaches the target temperature but it will likely turn off more quickly since it's overpowered for the amount of square footage available. Turning off and on many times throughout the day is bad for air conditioners and can strain their parts. You will likely end up paying more for repair costs in a few years with an oversize air conditioner.

2. Smaller air conditioners may be inefficient.

An air conditioner that's too small can also pose a problem. A small air conditioner with too few BTUs will have difficulties bringing your home down to the correct temperature. This means that your air conditioner will run all day without reaching the temperature on your thermostat. Constantly running your air conditioner instead of using it in long cycles will cause your electric bill to rise quickly. You may save money buying a small AC unit, but you will quickly lose that money paying for exorbitant utility bills. Purchase an air conditioner with the correct number of BTUs for the square footage of your house or room.

3. Energy Star ratings are important.

The Energy Star is a seal of approval that certain products get when they achieve an acceptable level of efficient energy usage as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. Purchasing energy efficient AC units is important for a number of reasons. First, it's better for the environment. However, it's also better for your pocketbook. Efficient air conditioners will greatly reduce your home's overall energy consumption, since heating and cooling appliances tend to draw a lot of power. Shop smart by looking for the Energy Star on any prospective AC units.