Which Air Conditioner Is Right For You? How Do You Choose?

April 30, 2018

 

Similar to our Blog "Which Furnace Is Right For You? How Do You Choose? Questions To Ask Yourself," because we recognize that Air Conditioners can be just as confusing!

Not sure what the differences are between air conditioning systems? Not sure what is involved in the installation of a new system? The below questions will help you answer the first few questions on a long list when replacing your cooling system. 

 

Ultimately, if you are not an HVAC specialist, you will need to speak to someone who is - ideally someone who has reputable experience & comes with trusted recommendations.


Questions To Ask Yourself Before Choosing An Air Conditioner.


What is the square footage of my home? ​

  • the square footage will determine the size of the air conditioner and SEER/EER ratings required to properly cool your home


How much space do I have in my utility room? 

  • although most equipment rooms don't pose a problem when it comes to replacement, height and width of the space can impact the size of air conditioner possible , specifically when considering a coil must fit on top of the furnace for central cooling


Do I want a cased or un-cased coil? What is the difference?

9 times out of 10 we install a cased coil. Not only does it offer a cleaner, sleek look, it is more durable and easier to install. 

Cased Coils:
     - highly durable
     - cleaner look
     - easier to install therefore often a lower installation cost
     - composed of an "A" Coil (vertical A/Cs), "N" Coil (vertical or horizontal A/Cs)
          or a Slab Coil *least common (horizontal A/Cs)

 

Un-Cased Coils:
      - most often used when a custom coil is required when space is limited
      - coils are more easily maneuvered to an ideal position


Where do I want to put my outdoor condenser & it is a feasible location (from an installation standpoint)? ​

  • lack of space can become a problem when installing an outdoor condenser due to property line restrictions


Am I interested in smart-technology compatibility? ​

  • not all smart thermostats are compatible with every system available, so if a smart stat is what you're after make sure to let your HVAC specialist know!


Do I want to install a Furnace at the same time? 

If your air conditioning system is working fine or has recently been changed there may not be a reason to look at replacing all your equipment.

 

Benefits:

  • forced-air heating & cooling systems work in conjunction with one another, therefore having equipment that is from the same manufacturer will help attain optimal functionality

  • you will save on installation costs and may qualify for a rebate from OPA
     


Personally, Sipco does not quote on installation jobs before having someone on our team see the space and ensure all boxes have been checked. This not only gives us all the tools necessary to complete an installation effectively & timely, it allows our home-owners peace of mind that the service they are receiving is all-inclusive with no preventable surprises.

Even if you have the answers to all of the above questions (with no sub-questions!) we highly recommend speaking to an HVAC specialist & having a professional see the space and existing equipment.

 

We are all always happy to help if you have any questions or are looking for a quote on your equipment replacement.        416.232.2262

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