Choosing a New Air Conditioner

Carrier and Mitsubishi Offer Multiple New Air Conditioner Options to Cool Your Florida Home

It may not happen as often as buying a new television set or even a new car, but choosing a new air conditioner requires thought and research. Let’s review some of the considerations you should make as a home or property owner in cities in northwestern Florida…

Your Current Space

Most people don’t realize the importance of a correctly-sized air conditioning unit. It’s crucial an HVAC professional determines the size of a new air conditioner so it accommodates your needs.

Too big and you’re wasting energy. Your unit becomes vulnerable to “short-cycling,” or constantly turning on or off. Too small and your new air conditioner struggles to keep even temperatures throughout the home and may constantly run, putting excess wear and tear on your equipment.

If your current air conditioner is under ten years old and still runs well except for certain areas, you may consider adding a ductless air conditioner to complement your system.

In older homes, building additions or finished spaces like attics or garage apartments, ductless air conditioners can save the day. They can augment an existing system to erase “hot spots” in the home or provide air conditioning in areas inaccessible to ductwork.  

A qualified HVAC technician will take into account your location, the current insulation of the home, square footage and other factors. The technician should take into account all of your home’s spaces, including attics, basements and crawl spaces, if applicable.  

Your Current Needs

In your conversations with your HVAC technician, you will hear certain terms, including tonnage and SEER.

Tonnage is not a weight reference, it is a reflection of the cooling power of a new air conditioner – you can think of it as V6 or V8 in your car. It’s important to remember, just like in cars, if you’re not hauling a horse trailer or a boat, you may not need the most powerful engine.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and measures the efficiency of a new air conditioner. Generally, the higher the SEER rating, the better. A variable speed system, popular in northwest Florida for example, increases energy efficiency and SEER ratings.

If you or family members cope with allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses, a new air conditioner can help. Choosing indoor air quality products such as: Dehumidifiers, Media Air Cleaners, Whole Home Filtration or UltraViolet Air Purifiers can dramatically filter and even clean your indoor air, reducing the number of airborne particles aggravating respiratory conditions. Regularly changing filters, scheduling regular maintenance for your new air conditioner and periodically cleaning your vents are all good air quality practices.

How Long Will You Be In This Home?

If you plan on selling your home in the near future or if you plan to remodel and stay as long as possible, either may impact your decision. You may choose to upgrade or replace a system to increase energy efficiency and differentiate your property from others in your neighborhood or you may choose to leave it alone if it’s performing adequately. Consult with your HVAC technician regarding your system’s specific pros and cons and talk with your realtor as well. He or she can provide insight on buyer expectations.

If you plan to stay in this home indefinitely, you can take the needed steps to keep these critical home systems serving you as well as possible.

Mills Heating and Air has counseled customers in northwestern Florida counties such as Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay and Walton since 1984 on various air conditioning needs. Mills represents quality brands like Carrier, Mitsubishi and Guardian to provide new air conditioners and air quality comfort in large estates and in single-zone condos. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss your new air conditioner options!

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