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Tips for Choosing a New Air Conditioner

If you are considering purchasing a new air conditioner for your home or business, Oasis Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help you find the perfect unit. We are known for quality, professional AC installation near Chicago and can accurately size your home or office for a new AC unit and help you keep it efficient with regular AC maintenance. Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for a new AC unit.

tips for choosing an AC unit

Type

If your home is already well-served by a central air conditioning system, but there is a room or two that seems to always stay hot, a window AC unit or portable AC unit may be your best option. If, on the other hand, your central unit requires frequent repairs or doesn't seem to effectively cool the building, it may be time to replace it to start reducing the money you spend on energy and AC repairs.

Size

An AC unit that is too small will expend too much energy to keep your home cool, while an oversized unit will cool the space so fast that it cannot adequately lower the humidity level. To make sure you have the right size unit, it's important to have your home evaluated by a company that specializes in AC installation near Chicago. Air conditioners are sized according to British Thermal Units (BTU) per hour.

Efficiency

An air conditioning system's Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) tells you the cooling capacity of the air conditioner divided by the electrical energy required to power the unit. Most units have an EER of about nine or 10, with units above 10 considered to be very efficient. Air conditioners with a rating of 12 or higher are among the most efficient units on the market.

Features

If you want quiet operation, ask a company that specializes in AC installations to suggest a unit that produces very little noise. If you don't have a programmable thermostat already, ask your air conditioning installation specialist to install one along with your new air conditioner so you can optimize your home or office's energy efficiency.