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Tips for Choosing a New Air Conditioner

When it comes to selecting a new air conditioner, there are a few things you need to consider before making the decision. After all, a new air conditioner will last your family for around 15 years with proper care, so you want to make sure you make a wise investment.

You can keep reading to learn more about different air conditioning options so you can select a model that fits your unique needs and expectations. Then give our team a call to schedule your air conditioning replacement in Hatfield, PA.

Types of Cooling Systems 

First, you need to decide whether you want a standard central air conditioner or a heat pump. Even within those two categories, you have some different options. A standard central air conditioner offers cooling only. You can also upgrade to an inverter model central AC that offers variable speed to maximize energy efficiency. 

A standard central air conditioner only operates at a single speed. An inverter has the ability to slow down and not work as hard when temperatures outside are milder and you don’t need quite as much cooling power. Heat pumps also come in a couple of different models. One benefit of heat pumps is that they can both heat and cool your home, ultimately replacing both a central air conditioner and a heater. 

A central heater works in much the same way as a central air conditioner and attaches to a network of ducts that are either in your attic or basement. But you could also go with a ductless heat pump that eliminates the need for both ductwork and a large central unit. This can save space and offer greater customization for how you heat and cool your home.

Efficiency Considerations

Once you decide on the type of cooling system you want, it’s time to consider energy efficiency ratings. Central air conditioners and heat pumps all get a SEER2 rating for cooling ability. The higher the SEER2 rating, the better the overall energy efficiency of the unit. 

Having a high-efficiency model means that you will ultimately save money on how much it costs to cool your home each month. We can talk to you more about SEER2 ratings and how to select a model that fits your energy efficiency expectations.

Proper Sizing

It’s equally important to get a unit that is properly sized for cooling your home. If a cooling system is too small, it will struggle to keep up with cooling your home and maintaining a consistent temperature throughout the day. On the other hand, a unit that is too large will cool your home faster and wind up turning off before completing a cooling cycle all the way through.

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling does what’s right for our customers. Schedule an appointment today for AC service or give us a call anytime you have a plumbing emergency.

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