When your Phoenix home’s cooling system stops working for you, it can not only be inconvenient, it can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with, as the temperatures outdoors are ramping up, is not having AC, especially with our warm Phoenix weather. Maybe your cooling system is working, but you have noticed that it can’t seem to keep up with the demand, so you want a new one. Whatever the case may be, purchasing a new HVAC system for your home can be stressful; so, we are here to help by reviewing some features to look for in your new cooling system.
Features to Look for in Your New Cooling System
Buying a new home appliance shouldn’t be stressful, but let’s face it, it is. A new HVAC system isn’t something that you want to only use for a short time and then replace, it’s truly an investment and will directly impact your home’s comfort, and your wallet.
When it comes to selecting your new HVAC system, there are some things to keep in mind. Below we review features to look for in your new cooling system and other things you should consider when selecting a new unit.
- Energy Efficiency: While the initial cost of the new HVAC system may be a major deciding factor in the unit you decide to purchase, you should also think about the long term cost a new system may have for you. Nearly half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR certified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $140 (Energy Star). An efficient HVAC system is cost-effective when the lifetime energy savings (from avoided energy costs over the life of the product, discounted to present value) exceed the additional up-front cost (if any) compared to a less efficient option (Energy.gov).
- Accurate Sizing: Having a HVAC system that is too small or too large for your home can be bad. When it comes to features to look for in your new cooling system, getting the right size should be at the top of the list. If the system is too large for your home, air can be cycled through your home too quickly, resulting in improperly dehumidified air going through your unit and home, and leading excess moisture to develop. If the unit is too small, it will have to overwork to keep up with desired temperatures and still may not be able to keep your home at the comfort level you want. When trying to determine the right size unit for your home, contact a local Phoenix AC expert.
- Technology and Features: Like all new things over time, HVAC systems have gotten more complex with new features. Know what features different systems have to offer, and select a HVAC system that has attributes that will work for your home and family. If advanced filtration is important to you, find a system with those options. If you want zoned cooling, look for that. Do you want to change the humidity level in your home? If so, you can find a unit with a whole-house humidifier. If SMART technology is an important feature for you and your family, why not get an advanced unit with those options? Learn about all the options you have before settling on a unit.
The above are just a few of the features to look for in your new cooling systems. Things like price, warranty, availability, etc. will likely also play a big role in your decision. Each home is different, so what will work best for your home, is totally up to you.
If your air conditioning unit is not working, or if it had seen better days and does not provide adequate comfort or efficiency, Arizona Comfort Specialists are experts at replacing your old unit with a new one. We can help you make the decision on what system is right for you, your family, and your home.
When it comes to Phoenix AC installation, we will be there for you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more.