If it’s time to replace the air conditioner in your home, you’re going to have to pick a new unit before the air conditioning installation process can move forward. To make sure the air conditioning installation process goes smoothly and you’re happy with the way your new unit performs, you need to consider the size of the unit and which features you want it to include.
Air Conditioner Sizing
Keep in mind that if you go with an AC unit that is too small, it won’t be able to keep up with your home’s cooling needs. However, a system that’s too big will cycle on and off too frequently and do a poor job of dehumidifying the air in your home.
To pick the right size unit, consider factors such as how well your house is insulated, how your family uses your AC system, and the climate in your area. In most cases, you will need about 1 ton of cooling capacity for every 400 feet of living space you want to cool. For instance, you would need a 5-ton AC system to cool a 2,000-square-foot home.
Air Conditioner Features
As you look into new AC units before the air conditioning installation process, you might want to consider going with a system with large coils, a high temperature rating, a variable speed blower, a fan-only switch, and/or a filter indicator light. All of these features can help you save energy when your air conditioner runs and reduce your utility bills, especially during the warmer months of the year.