Buying an air conditioner is a huge investment that will affect your comfort (or lack thereof) in your home for a long time. Your AC not only keeps your home cool, but it also removes excess humidity in the air and small airborne particles, therefore it is imperative that you make the right choice. The average residential AC system will last anywhere from 10 to 18 years depending on how well it has been maintained.
If you are in the market for a new A/C system then it would behoove you to check out these pro tips on selecting the right system.
- Sizing: The most important factor in selecting a new air conditioning system is making sure that it is sized properly. The only right way to size a system is to run an ACCA Manual J load calculation on the home. Air conditioners come in a wide array of sizes and systems. If you pick a system too small, then the unit will struggle to cool the home and will run at maximum capacity for a longer period of time. If you select a system too large then it will “short cycle” or run for only a brief period of time before turning off. It takes eight times more energy to start a system than it does to keep a system running. You can see how those expenses can really add up and why the proper sizing is so essential. It is best to work with a licensed HVAC contractor to design the right system for your home. If the contractor does not run a load calculation which takes into consideration the square footage, the insulation, and the building characteristics of your home then they are just guessing the proper size.
- Efficiency: The Federal Government has mandated that all air conditioners in Sioux Falls, SD and the surrounding areas meet a SEER rating of at least 13. 13 SEER is the minimum efficiency rating in Northern climates. If you are looking to save the most money on your electric bill then you should look at a system with a SEER rating of between 16 and 21. Other features that will help cut your electricity bill down to size include two stage or variable speed operation.
- Pro Install: The most important aspect of any system is not necessarily the name brand of the system you install, but having the system installed by a professional contractor. If you try to install your own air conditioner as a DIY project you will more likely than not face a never ending stream of problems. Additionally, most major manufacturers will not warranty equipment that is not sold by a distributor and installed by a dealer.
When you are in the market for a new air conditioner in the Sioux Falls, SD area, give the Service Experts at Golden Rule a call. Our NATE certified team of HVAC technicians can help you choose the system that is the perfect fit for your family, your home and your budget. We carry a full line of air conditioners and heat pumps so we will always have the perfect option regardless of the size of your home or budget. We also offer a multitude of financing options to help make the right decision affordable.
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About Golden Rule Home Services, LLC
Golden Rule Home Services, LLC , rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in 2014 by Alan Gentry. His vision was to build a home service company that clients could turn to for just about every problem a homeowner could face. Since then Golden Rule has grown to offer plumbing, heating, cooling, sewer, drain, remodeling and insulation services. For more information please call (605) 202-2020 or visit www.SiouxFallsPlumber.com.