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Buyers Guide: Central Air

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Central Air Conditioning Buyers Guide

Now that summer is in full swing in Vancouver, it may be time to start thinking about upgrading the air conditioning system in your home to a central air unit. A properly installed and adequately sized central A/C unit can keep your entire home a cool and comfortable temperature throughout the entire summer. To get the most out of your central A/C unit in terms of overall efficiency, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you buy and install a brand unit.

Size Matters

The first and most important thing to keep in mind when looking to buy a central A/C unit is finding the right sized unit for your living space. In many cases, people tend to install central air conditioning units that are actually inadequate for the size of home they live in. This can quickly lead to a number of costly problems, the first of which is a significant increase in the cost of hydro. A central A/C unit that is too small for your house will be constantly working to replace the warm air in your house with cool air which will also likely lead to expensive maintenance costs that would otherwise not occur with an appropriately sized A/C unit. On the other hand, it is also inadvisable to install a central air unit that is designed for a space bigger that your house’s square footage. A bigger A/C unit can often lead to uncomfortably cool temperatures throughout your home, making it just as impractical as a unit that is too small.

Existing Ducts

Most houses are outfitted with a furnace that features heat ducts installed throughout the house. If your home is already equipped with air ducts, this will likely save you a lot of money on the installation of a new central A/C unit, since the air conditioner will use the same ventilation system as your furnace does during the winter. It should be noted however, that this is not always the case, as some heating duct systems are incompatible with central A/C units. Before choosing an A/C unit to install, it is a good idea to check with your HVAC expert to determine whether or not you need additional air ducts, and what that will cost to install.

Energy Efficient Models

Not too long ago, a central A/C unit was seen by many as a costly appliance due to its high consumption of energy. While this was true about most central A/C units years ago, it is simply not the case any longer, as new, highly efficient models are becoming widely available for houses of different sizes. When searching for a high efficiency unit, you can consult what is known as a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) listed on the energy guide tag attached to the unit. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit will run, which will save you a lot of money on your hydro bill in the future.
To find out more about the benefits of central air conditioning, and how to find the right unit for your home, feel free to contact us, or check out our website for more info. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates from JJ’s Plumbing.