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How to Choose the Best Central Air Conditioner for Your Home

by | Nov 28, 2023

Whether you’re a new homeowner or have an old air conditioning system that you want to replace, the number of different choices on the market currently can make picking the right system for your home difficult. While the size of your home and your budget play a role in picking your new central air conditioner, there are a few other factors to consider too. Read on to learn what you need to take into account while choosing the best central air conditioner for your home.

  • Determine the Size of Your Air Conditioner

Central air conditioners come in different sizes or capacities. These sizes are typically measured in tons. The square footage of your home helps determine the size of the air conditioner you need for effective cooling. For example, a one-ton AC can cool about 600-800 square feet.  A unit that is too small will not be able to cool your home effectively, while a unit that is too large will waste energy and therefore money. To make things a little more complicated, there are several other factors that come into play while choosing central air conditioning capacity. Other factors that also play a part in determining the air conditioning capacity you need include how old your home is, construction materials, insulation, the amount of sunlight received, the number of windows and their sizes, and if you have air ducts installed, their airflow and size tolerances.

  • Consider the Energy Efficiency of the Unit

The energy efficiency of your central air conditioner is another important factor to consider. A more energy-efficient unit will save you money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. The energy efficiency of an air conditioner is measured by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the unit is. In Canada, the minimum SEER rating for central air conditioners is 13. A unit with a higher SEER rating can help you save money on your energy bills. Be aware though, that the higher the SEER rating the more expensive the unit can be but the savings on your energy bills can help make up for the initial investment in the long run. It all depends on how much you can spend at the time of purchase.

  • Choose the Right Brand

Choosing the right brand of central air conditioner is also important. Some of the top brands in Canada include Carrier, Lennox, and Trane.

  • Check Your Existing Ductwork

Central air conditioning requires ducts that supply air to ventilate and cool each room in a house. Before choosing a central air conditioner, it’s important to check if your home has the necessary ducts to function. If your home has ducts, then you should inspect them to check if they are in good condition and properly sized for your home. The insulation of your ducts also matters, as poorly insulated ducts cause energy to leak, making your air conditioning unit work harder to cool your home. Getting an HVAC professional to inspect your ductwork is a good idea as they can check that your ducts are functioning properly as well as placed in the right areas to effectively cool your home.

It’s also a good idea to have the ducts professionally cleaned before installing a new unit so that your system is up and running in the best possible conditions.

If your home doesn’t have ducts, then you can have them installed or consider other air conditioning options like split ACs to cool parts of your home.

  • Consider Smart Thermostats

It’s a good idea to keep up with the latest energy-saving tech. Upgrade your old thermostat with a smart thermostat that lets you set cooling programs or control settings from a smartphone. These thermostats can help you save a bunch on bills by keeping the temperatures in your home comfortable.

  • Hire a Professional

It’s a good idea to have your central air conditioner installed by professionals. They can advise you on the central air conditioner capacity your home needs to function efficiently along with any repairs or modifications needed for your ductwork. They will also be able to recommend service schedules and help you find deals on central air conditioning units.

Canadian Power Vac is National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) certified and can help you check your existing ductwork and bring it up to speed. Get in touch with us today to get a free quote or to know how we can help you.

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