A working air conditioner in Phoenix is vitally important to your family’s comfort levels in the summer heat. When it’s time to get a new air conditioner, though, it’s not as easy as simply reading the label on your old unit and finding a comparable model. The best AC unit for your home may be far different than you realize.
The AC that you currently have installed may be getting the job done, but it may not be the best unit for your home. Air conditioning units in Arizona work harder and go through more cycles per season than units installed anywhere else. They need to be able to stand up to high heat indexes and daily use while still using the minimum amount of energy.
For many years, the rule of thumb in Arizona was that bigger is better when it comes to air conditioners. Many houses were “overtonned” with AC units that were probably only operating at 60% of their total capacity. These units not only cost more to purchase, they cost more to run, and they needed more maintenance because they broke down more easily.
Today’s AC units are much more energy efficient, with higher SEER ratings. Many Arizona homes have become more energy efficient as well with better windows, attic ventilation, and insulation. Therefore, the best AC unit you could purchase 10 years ago is no longer the best unit for your home.
To find out what the best AC unit is for your home, have a NATE trained professional assess your home. An assessment includes the size of your home, the height of your ceilings, how much sun you’re getting, the quality of your ductwork, and the amount of insulation you have. These factors help to calculate the amount of tonnage you need for your new air conditioning unit. You can then find the best sized AC for your home.
Once you know the right size unit for your home, consider the unit’s SEER ratings. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating, and the higher the number, the less energy the unit needs to run. For every point you go up in SEER, you’ll see a 10% reduction in your energy bills.
Most Arizona homes do better with SEERs of 16 or 18, because you need your unit to run more than air conditioners in other parts of the country. Having too low a SEER number could translate into much higher energy bills than you’re willing to pay.
Just making sure that your new air conditioner is the right size and SEER rating for your home isn’t enough when you live in a super heated area like Phoenix. You also need to make sure that your air conditioner is tough enough to handle the conditions and the constant cycling needed in the desert.
Therefore, it’s important to make sure that any air conditioning unit you buy is built for use in the desert. The Precision Plus line of air conditioners from Precision Air and Heating is one line to consider. They have high SEER ratings of 14, 16, and 18, and they run on chlorine free refrigerant.
They’re also quiet with compression sound blankets and quiet condenser fan motors. (Noise is another consideration when you’re running your AC around the clock in Phoenix.) These units also have a Limited Lifetime Warranty, so you’re guaranteed to stay comfortable over the lifetime of your home.
The right AC unit differs for everyone. The right unit depends on home size, placement, and attributes. Don’t make the mistake of opting for a model that’s the same size as your previous air conditioner. Instead, get a professional assessment, and find the best AC unit for you and your home.
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