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How to Plan for a New Air Conditioner


August is hot in Saddle River, NJ, and with your air conditioner already running on a daily basis for months, now is an ideal time to consider a replacement system. Older systems tend to show the strain, either with higher monthly costs or increasingly expensive repairs, and with the summer season slowly winding down, you have all of the fall and winter to plan for a replacement. Here’s a few things to consider on that front, to help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

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Now or Later?

The first question you have to answer is whether you think your existing system can last until the weather cools down, or if a more immediately replacement session is entailed. A good technician can make that assessment, but it usually boils down to the costs of waiting in terms of monthly bills, the risk of possible repair jobs, and the speed with which you can make preparations properly.

Size and Efficiency

The power output of your air conditioning system is a huge deal, and you want your new system to fit the Goldilocks Rule — neither overpowered (which leads to short cycling) nor underpowered (which won’t cool the home), but just right. Your existing air conditioner can give you some idea, but you should note any changes to your home that may affect it, such as the addition of insulation.

Once you’ve determined the size of your new air conditioner, next you should examine the SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and measures how well the system makes use of the energy it consumes. You want the SEER rating to be as high as possible within your budget, and ideally it should be higher than the unit it is replacing.

For help answering these questions, call the pros at Design Air Inc. today!