Finding the Right Air Conditioner for Your House
The heat in Arizona is unbearable. Whether you’re living in Phoenix, Glendale, or any other city in the state, it’s called “the Valley of the Sun” for a good reason. So then, you’ve decided to go ahead and take away some of the heat, at least in your house, and are looking for an air conditioner.
But how confident are you that what you’re getting is what you really need? That’s why we’re here, to help give you all of the tips so that your first air conditioning installation in Glendale, Arizona is going to last long and get the job done.
Types of AC units
In general terms, there are only two kinds of air conditioners that you need to think about: central and room types. Central AC circulates the cold air all around the house through supply and return ducts, while having a “central” unit that receives the warm air (hence the name).
Room air conditioners are smaller and tend to work only in one specific room. There are various subtypes, depending on what you need for the room.
Portable, window, through-the-wall, ductless mini-split systems and package terminal air conditioners are the five subtypes you’ll usually find when it comes to room ACs. The portable type (as the name suggests) is the only one you can take around easily to other rooms as needed. The others must be installed in a specific location at least semi-permanently.
When deciding between central or room systems, there are various factors you should try to take into account. If you don’t own the house, you’ll be stuck with a room unit until you speak with your landlord about getting central AC installed. If having one or two room AC units is enough for what you need, this will probably be the right decision for you.
You’ll get them installed quickly, and given that the space you need is somewhat smaller, it will probably be cheaper energy-wise than a central AC. If you end up needing more than that, you should begin considering central air conditioning.
At that point, the cost of each individual unit will rack up, and various room units will consume more energy than just one central unit.
Finding the Proper Size
Much like Goldilocks’ hunt for food and comfort, whenever you buy an AC unit you don’t want it to be too big or too small – you want it to be just right. But then, how do you know if your air conditioner is the right size?
Requirements vary greatly by region, how insulated your house might be, air flow into and out of the rooms, and various other factors. A somewhat insulated house might require one ton capacity for every 600 square feet, yet a better-insulated house might end up needing a much smaller unit to properly work (a ton capacity is the measurement unit used for air conditioners, not the weight).
Similarly, go ahead and check what the voltage requirements for the unit might be. Certain units will need more energy than your outlet can actually provide, so always take a second to read the necessary info.
Location, Location, Location
No matter how good your AC might be, it needs to be in the proper place to satisfy all of your needs. Whenever you’re using a room air conditioner, always be sure that it can face the center of the room in order to cool it uniformly and make sure that the cold air is spread around in the most efficient manner possible.
Similarly, make sure that the unit is properly installed in its place. Depending on the type of window you have, certain ACs might find issues, so another model might fit your needs better. If you’re unsure about any of these issues, getting some professional help to walk you through the variables in your room is probably your safest bet for a successful air conditioning installation.
The US Department of Energy has established minimum efficiency standards that air conditioners need to comply with. Called a SEER, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, this standard gives you the information about how efficient a unit might be.
The federal requirements for these ratings have radically changed in the last years. Old air conditioners might have a rating as low as 6, yet due to new federal standards, the minimum efficiency rating for modern air conditioners is 13.
These are perhaps some of the most important numbers to remember during your purchase, and thanks to the high cost of energy, they might be even more important than price.
You don’t only want a product that works, you want one that you know is going to keep on working. That’s why you need to make sure you have a good warranty on your air conditioner unit – to know that it’s going to last. Usually, the terms for each individual brand vary greatly, and what they cover depends on the specific manufacturer.
Some of them cover the refrigeration and mechanical systems, some of them only the air-conditioning unit but also the labor costs. Always make sure to find the warranty that suits you best, and it will guarantee your product lasts as long as you need it to.
Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor for Your Air Conditioning Installation in Glendale, AZ
While a somewhat long-name, HVAC eans stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning technology; in other words, an expert in the field is exactly what you want in your house.
If you live in the Phoenix Metropolitan area or any of the nearby communities, don’t hesitate to contact us in order to get the necessary air conditioning installation done.
Whether you know exactly what you need or are still trying to find the system for you, we’ll help you along at every step of the process.
Call Sunrise Mechanical Today!