Are you considering making an upgrade to your home’s cooling system, but aren’t sure what is the best choice for your home? If it’s been awhile since you last purchased an A/C, you may be pleasantly surprised with the current, more energy efficient, options available to homeowners.
If energy savings is important to you, then investing in an energy-efficient system is ideal as it will keep energy expenses down long-term. There are measurements that can help you determine the rated efficiency for different model, such as the Season Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). A SEER rating of 13 or 14 is the mandatory federal minimum, and the rating can go up into the 20’s. Simply put, the higher the SEER number, the more efficient your system will be.
Below we have compiled a handy guide that will help you determine the best cooling system for your home’s needs.
If your home already has ductwork installed, it might make more sense to go with a traditional central air system over another type of cooling system. Generally, central air systems can utilize the home’s existing forced air heating system ductwork. Another benefit of central air is that, outside of the ductwork, you will barely notice the presence of the cooling system. Central air systems offer superb humidity control; as variable speed fans allow for dehumidification while running.
Ductless Air Conditioning
Ductless systems are modern, versatile, effective, and energy efficient. They also offer excellent humidity control and are easy to install. Be mindful, though, that one unit will not most likely not cool an entire home.
These systems work especially well for cooling sunrooms, garages, additions, and other areas that cannot easily have ductwork added. Another benefit of these systems is that because there is no ductwork, there is less chance for accumulation of dust and debris to get distributed throughout your home. There are also no filters to change, but you will need to periodically clean the unit.
Ductless systems rely on a heat pump, and therefore they don’t experience leaks that commonly affects ductwork, so they’re quite energy-efficient. These systems allow you to take total control of home comfort, by enabling you to direct specific cooling needs in different areas of your home. This helps you to save on energy bills as well, since you can keep cooling to a minimum in rooms that aren’t occupied.
Inverter or Variable Speed Systems operate at varying speeds, slowing down and speeding to maintain a constant temperature. This keeps your room more comfortable while also saving on energy usage. This is the opposite of how a central air system works with frequent starting and stopping.
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AB&B is a Carrier authorized factory dealer and we have an excellent line of cooling systems available for your home. We have competitive pricing and easy financing options, and we offer free in home estimates. We’ve been serving customers in the Cedar Creek and surrounding areas since 1989, making us the experts to call when you’re in the market for cooling solutions for your Texas home. Call us today to find out more (512) 292-1334.