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3 Things to Look for in a New Air Conditioner

You’ve decided to replace your aging air conditioner in your home with a new model. Or you are planning to move to a house that doesn’t have an air conditioner installed yet. Either way, you are in the market for a new AC… and you might feel a bit lost.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. You should always have professional assistance when it comes to new air conditioning; heating and cooling experts will help you navigate the various models and sizes of AC to pick the right model for your home, and then they will take on the important and technical responsibility of installing it. For quality air conditioning installation in Austin, TX, call Intelligent Air Services, where we strive to keep current with advances in cooling technology so that we can offer our customers the top-of-the-line equipment available in the field.

Here are 3 specific things you should look for in your new AC:

  1. High SEER: SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency rating,” and it informs you how well a particular model of air conditioning converts electrical energy into cool power. The higher the SEER number, the more efficiently the system turns electrical power into BTUs, of cooling, and consequently the less it will cost to run. For an AC to earn the U.S. government’s ENERGY STAR label, it must have a minimum SEER of 14.5. Some high-efficiency air conditioners will score in the low 20s. Look for a unit with high SEER that fits within your budget.
  2. Variable speed air handler: An air conditioner equipped with a variable speed air handler doesn’t need to have its fan blowing at the same speed all the time, wasting energy when it’s not necessary. (The majority of the time, the air handler will run at the lower speed.) A variable speed fan will also help with more even distribution of temperature through your home and achieve quieter operation.
  3. ENERGY STAR compliant: We already mentioned this regarding SEER. However, an air conditioner can have a high SEER rating and still no qualify for the ENERGY STAR label for other reasons, such as lack of basic features, environmentally damaging performance, and proprietary technology. Make sure that the air conditioner you install is ENERGY STAR certified so you know that you are both saving money, helping the environment, and contributing to the free development of better air conditioning technology.

There are other important decisions regarding your new air conditioner with which your installers will need to help you, particularly the size and power of the AC. The system cannot be too large or too small, or else it will overwork and waste energy (making its high SEER rating meaningless). Once you have the ideal system picked out, the technicians will make sure that the installation goes smoothly and the new AC works as you expect it to.

Call Intelligent Air Services for the help you need with air conditioning installation in Austin, TX. Our technological knowledge makes us one of your best choices for home comfort.

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