Things to consider when buying a new air conditioner

While the summer can always have a stretch of hot days that make the house uncomfortable, 2021 took it to the next level. Alberta saw a heatwave that scorched five days in a row with temperatures above 30 C. This heat was uncomfortable for many, but for some, it was a serious health risk.

Stay comfortable, cool, and protect yourself by purchasing an air conditioner, and don’t put it off. Last June, stores were selling out within hours. Start looking now and consider these five important factors from Dr. Heat & Air Ltd. in Calgary.

Cooling capacity

Not all air conditioners are made equal. Some cool much larger spaces than others, so get one that fits the size of your home or space you want to use it. Try this simple air conditioner sizing formula if you aren’t sure how much capacity you need. Dr. Heat & Air can also do a home visit and help you determine the type and size of air conditioner that would best meet your needs. Something too small will work too hard to cool a larger home, putting strain on the HVAC system and raising energy costs.

Features and functions

In this day and age, you can get all kinds of features that enhance your AC experience, so make sure you buy one that best satisfies your needs. For instance, if you’re a light sleeper, you should invest in an air conditioner that is quiet or has silent comfort technology. Many air conditioners will have a variable-capacity operation, which changes the speed capacity of the AC to meet house demand if the outdoor temperature rises. These features will make your home feel more comfortable, while ensuring you’re conserving energy use as much as possible.

Energy efficiency

In a world of limited resources, you need to make the most out of what you have, including your air conditioner. You can do this by considering the Energy Efficiency Ratio, which refers to how much it cools your living space with a single unit of energy. The higher it is, the more efficient the unit.

You should also consider the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). This measures cooling efficiency over the entire cooling season. It measures the total cooling provided, divided by the total energy used by the AC during the season. Essentially, the higher the SEER rating, the better. An energy efficiency rating is usually given by the manufacturer of the air conditioning system, so take it into consideration when making your final decision.

HVAC Companies in Calgary

Dr. Heat & Air is a family-owned home renovation company from Calgary. Since 2004, they have been installing, maintaining and repairing all air conditioners, indoor air quality products, hot water heaters, and furnaces. They always work hard to satisfy each customer’s individual set of needs. As you get ready for the next time it’s blazing outside, why not book your air conditioner installation early?

Contact Dr. Heat & Air today!

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