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If you’re thinking of upgrading your air conditioner for your cooling needs, we always recommend energy-efficient units because we know it’s the best money-saving strategy for your home. Here are three things to consider:Cooling

  • Buy the Right Sized Unit- The right size air conditioner will ensure your home is cooled efficiently without wasting energy. An air conditioner that is too small will have to work overtime to keep your space cool, which means your energy bill will be higher than it needs to be. Likewise, an AC that is too large for your space won’t be able to run a full cooling cycle. That constant start-and-stop uses more energy than needed over time and will be less effective in cooling your home.
  • Look at Energy Efficiency Ratings- When it comes to energy efficiency ratings, an ENERGY STAR label ensures your unit meets the government standard for energy efficiency without sacrificing features or functionality. This means that your unit will help in the fight against climate change, while saving you money on your energy bills.

Hire the Right HVAC Contractor- Your home’s air conditioning unit is one of the most complex systems in your home. To ensure you’re getting the right cooling solution for your home, consider scheduling a consultation with a licensed contractor who can help walk you through the process of upgrading your air conditioning and help you figure out how much you can be saving on your energy bill with an energy-efficient model.

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When it comes to air conditioners, it can be challenging to figure out what size you need for your home.Air Conditioners

What ‘Size’ Actually Means

The unit of measure for AC size – tonnage – has little to do with weight. A “ton” refers to the ability to cool 12,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) in an hour. BTU is the measure of the amount of energy to cool one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Most residential air conditioners range between 1.5-ton to 5-ton units.

Calculating What Your Home Needs

A quick and easy way to determine the size of your air conditioner is to multiply the width x length of the area you want to cool. Take that total and times it by 25 BTU.

If your room is 14 feet by 18 feet long, that means 14×18=252. If you take the 252 sq. ft. and multiply it by 25 BTU, you get the minimum BTU air conditioner you should get for that space. In this case, it’s 6300 BTUs, which is the equivalent of a .5-ton air conditioner.

Why Does Size Matter?

A smaller BTU unit may work in a larger space, but it will have to consume more energy just to keep up the demand. One that is too large will not have enough time to go through the full cooling cycle, constantly turning on and off to cool your home. Both of these will lead to jumps in your energy bill, while properly sized air conditioners run efficiently and keep your home cool, consistently.

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Not sure if it’s time for a repair or a replacement for your AC unit? Here are four signs it’s time to fix – or upgrade – your cooling system:

  1. The Temperature Isn’t Right- If your AC is blowing warm air or is inconsistent with the temperature setting on your thermostat, it’s not a good sign. A lack of cool air could be indicative of a system compressor failure, while discrepancies in airflow throughout your home could point to a blockage in your air ducts. Air flow problems mean it’s time for an HVAC check-up to determine if your system needs repair or replacement.
  2. You Unit is Making Strange Sounds- If there are strange sounds coming from your AC unit, you should call in the professionals to examine it. With any unit, small noises are common and are often easily repaired, especially if the unit is relatively new. But when your unit starts emitting rattling sounds consistently, it may be time for a replacement.
  3. You Energy Bill Has Skyrocketed- Properly working units run efficiently and effectively, with little to no variance in your energy consumption month to month. If your monthly energy bill has increased while your usage has remained the same, it could be a sign your AC unit is working harder than it should to keep your home cool.

Your AC Unit is More Than 10 Years Old- The lifespan of most air conditioning units averages 10-15 years, which means your decade-old AC unit is entering its retirement years. How much maintenance your unit has had over the years can determine the lifespan of your unit, but the decade mark is usually the time to start shopping for a new unit.

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