If you are in the process of or even considering the prospect of building a new home in Florida, then you will inevitably need to put some thought into the air conditioner you purchase. There are several different factors you should consider to ensure that your air conditioner is an efficient workhorse for many years to come.
You can purchase an air conditioner in almost any size imaginable, so it is important that you select one that is just right for the size of your new home. The absolute best way to do this is to have your contractor perform what is known as a ‘load calculation.’ Essentially, this helps in determining the size of the home, the amount and type of insulation being installed, and even the amount of window space in the home. All of these things can have a significant impact on the efficiency of your air conditioner, so they should be considered carefully.
Position of Installation
Something else that you will need to consider is the position within your home that you will be installing your air conditioner. Simply put, if you will need a large unit, then you’ll need to make sure that you can install it in such a place that the cooled air will be able to adequately reach every room in your house through the ducts. If you install the unit in the corner of a basement, for example, then the cooled air will have a more difficult time reaching the areas of the home that are the furthest away.
Consider the Moisture Performance
The primary purpose of an air conditioner is to remove the humidity from the air in your home, thereby causing it to become cooler. As such, you’ll want to be sure that you carefully consider the efficiency with which a unit can remove this humidity from the air. The abilities of these units vary, and not all air conditioners are created equally in this regard. Your unit must be able to sufficiently remove enough humidity from the air to keep you comfortable during even the hottest, stickiest days.
Don’t Go Too Large
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when purchasing a new air conditioner is purchasing one that is simply too large for their homes. While it may seem as if the unit would run more efficiently, this isn’t the case. Consider this: a unit that is too large will cycle on and off more rapidly. This alone causes plenty of problems, including more wear and tear on the unit and higher electricity bills. Furthermore, because the unit will cycle on and off so quickly, it will not have the ability to adequately remove the moisture from the air in your home. It is very important to choose a unit that is the right size for your new home.
If you have questions about different air conditioners, or if you are confused about your load calculation results, then please contact us here at A Superior Air Conditioning. We are always available to discuss different products and applications with you, and we will be more than happy to provide you with estimates for our professional installation services.
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Definitely measure before you buy! If you’re not installing it yourself then absolutely get your contractor to go with you, but still measure yourself! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen regretful homeowners who bought without measuring.