Residential Central Air Installation

How To Choose A Central Air System

Most residential air conditioning installations in the Rochester market are AC split systems. These systems quite effectively control the humidity and cooling inside the homes in our local climate. A split system consists of an outside condenser and an indoor air handling unit. The condenser houses the compressor and condenser coil, while the air handler contains an evaporator coil and blower.

7 Important Things To Consider:

  1. Cooling Capacity

    The size of your home needs to be taken into account when buying a central air conditioning system. The larger the house, the higher capacity system you will need to cool it. For example, a 3.5-ton central air conditioning system can cool a home that is 1,700 - 2,100 sq ft., while 5-ton systems are installed on homes with 2,500 - 3,000 Sq Ft.

    It is essential to have the right-sized air conditioner for your home. Too small of a system constantly runs to cool your home, which results in strain on the compressor and frequent cycling of the condenser. Too large of a system causes frequent on and off cycles, causing premature wear.

  2. Efficiency & SEER Rating

    The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is an important factor when choosing a central air conditioning system for your home. This represents the efficiency of your unit. Central AC systems are very efficient now, with 13 - 21 SEER being standard for most new equipment.

    For the customer that wants the most energy-efficient central air conditioning system that money can buy, consider an ENERGY STAR® qualified unit! There are a variety of air conditioner models in a range of price points that provide energy savings and comfort.

  3. Features

    As you make your way through the different systems available, you need to keep an eye out for other useful features.

    This can include a variable-speed blower motor for quiet operation and increased energy efficiency, multi-stage cooling to maintain comfort levels, or advanced microprocessor control.

  4. Budget

    There are many options for air conditioning systems, and they can vary greatly in cost.  But in the end, it comes down to what gives you the best bang for the buck.

  5. Brand

    The brand does matter when it comes to buying a new HVAC system for your home. Some of today's leading HVAC brands include Goodman, Carrier, Ruud, York, Trane, and Rheem. When purchasing one of these top-tier brands, the differences are minor, and all have time-tested durability and efficiency.

  6. Manufacturer Warranties

    Warranties are important, so be sure to review them before making your purchase.

    For example, several offer 10-year limited warranties on all of their air conditioning systems.

  7. Installation

    When choosing a central air conditioning system for your home, finding a qualified contractor for installation, service & support is as important as the product installed.

    When you're ready for a new AC system, Contact Us to get an estimate.

    Our Residential HVAC specialists are ready to get you the system that best fits your needs and budget!
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