When you’re replacing the air conditioning system in your Indianapolis home, you should carefully compare each model to find best one for your budget and preferences. There are several features to look for in a central A/C that can help make your choice easier.
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) measures the efficiency of an air conditioner. A higher SEER indicates that a system will use less energy. The federal minimum is 13 SEER, but for the most savings, choose a system with a high SEER rating that’s also Energy Star-certified, meaning that it meets strict energy efficiency requirements set by the federal Energy Star program.
Choose a system that’s been sized correctly for your home. Air conditioners that are too large can cycle on and off frequently, reducing energy efficiency, increasing wear and preventing proper dehumidification. A system that’s too small will run constantly, reducing system life span. It also won’t cool your home properly. To determine the correct cooling requirements for your home, have an energy audit done to find any insulation or air infiltration problems, then repair them and have your HVAC contractor do a Manual J load calculation to size your system properly.
To minimize your energy costs, look for systems that feature variable-speed compressors or air handlers, automatic-delay fan controls and thermal expansion valves. These features combine to give you better control over both your comfort and your energy usage.
Changing the air filter in your A/C often keeps it running efficiently and can increase the life span of your system. Air conditioners that feature a filter light can alert you when it’s necessary to change the air filter, reducing your chances of forgetting and possibly causing harm to the system.
Some air conditioners can be quite loud, but newer, more efficient systems offer much quieter operation, which can have a significant impact on your overall comfort.
For information about other features to look for in a central A/C, talk to our cooling experts at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We proudly serve the Indianapolis area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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