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New AC Choice Factors: Size, Capacity, Efficiency

If you’re in the process of choosing a new air conditioner for your Utah home or building this summer, you’re making an important decision. This has been one of the hottest summers on record, and between that and Utah’s extremely dry climate, having quality air conditioning is vital. 

At Green Line Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’re proud to provide a wide range of heating and air conditioning services to clients around Herriman, South Jordan, Bluffdale and other parts of Utah, including help with selecting a new AC at any time of year. In this two-part blog series, we’ll look at all the key factors and variables to be looking at while you consider your needs for a new AC. 

Proper Size and Capacity

One of the single most important factors to consider in any air conditioning purchase is that of size and capacity. You want an AC that will be able to keep your home or building at a comfortable temperature regardless of how hot it gets outside. 

To determine this, you’ll need to take into account the size of the area you’re cooling, as well as the heat load inside (how much heat is coming from people, electronics, and other sources). It’s also important to consider any areas near windows or on upper levels that tend to get extra hot. 

Once you’ve considered all these factors, it’s a good idea to get in touch with an experienced HVAC professional who can help you determine the best size for your needs. Remember: if the AC is too small, it will be constantly running trying to keep up; if it’s too large, you’ll end up paying more for power and losing efficiency. 

Efficiency Ratings

Another key factor to consider when choosing an air conditioner is the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. This number can range from 13-25, with higher numbers indicating more efficient units. The SEER rating can also be a key factor in determining the cost of running your unit over its lifetime, so it’s important to get one as high as you can afford. 

Furthermore, if you’re environmentally conscious and want to reduce your carbon footprint, a higher SEER rating can help you do that. The higher the rating, the less energy it takes to cool your home or building, meaning fewer emissions from power plants. 

Finally, if you’re interested in saving money on utility bills each month, then look for an AC with a high Energy Star rating. This will indicate that it meets the highest standards for energy efficiency and will save you money in the long run. 

In our next blog post, we’ll look at additional factors to consider when finding a new air conditioner. Until then, keep these three key points in mind while researching your options for a new AC. And if you need assistance, contact our team at Green Line Plumbing, Heating & Air today! We have decades of experience helping residents around Bluffdale, South Jordan and Herriman find the right AC for their needs.