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What to Look for in a New Air Conditioner

Riverside, CA enjoys extremely mild winters, and while our heaters have been seeing more use over the past few days, our systems overall are enjoying a break after another long, hot summer. This makes it the perfect time to upgrade or replace your air conditioning system, when temperatures are low and you can afford to go without an HVAC system for a day or two. Having made the decision to replace your AC, the next step is to decide what to look for in a new one.  A quality AC service can guide you through the specifics, but there are a few details that you should focus on over and above anything else.

Power Levels

An air conditioner needs to be powerful enough to cool your home effectively. If it’s too powerful however, it will engage in short cycling – turning on and off rapidly many times throughout the day and wasting energy in the process. (Air conditioners use a great deal of power starting up and shutting down, which is why you want yours to run at least 15 minutes at a time before shutting down.) A service professional can calculate the right sized system for your home, based on things like square footage, insulation and sunlight exposure, then recommend a system that is neither too large nor too small, but just right.

SEER Rating

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which measure the amount of cooling energy the unit produces in relation to the energy it consumes. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system is, so obviously you should look for a system with as high a SEER rating as you can afford. (Also keep in mind that efficiency is not the same as output: you can have a less powerful unit with a higher SEER rating than a more powerful one.)

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