How to Choose Your Next AC Unit

In the Hammond, Louisiana, climate, summer highs can climb into the 90s. Temperatures in the 80s last through October and return by April. You definitely need an efficient air conditioner in your home to maintain cool comfort. Whether your current air conditioner is near the end of its lifespan, or you’re simply interested in enjoying upgraded features, there are some important steps to take when you’re choosing a new unit.

Have Your Home Sized

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for air conditioning. Your home’s square footage, number of windows and insulation play critical roles in determining the proper size for your HVAC system. If your installation is too small, it will run continuously, yet never adequately cool the home. A system that’s too large will reach your desired temperatures quickly, but cycle on and off more than it should. It will also leave hot and cold spots around the house. Have our professionals size your home to determine how large your air conditioner should be.

Check Efficiency Ratings

Air conditioners are assigned a Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio (SEER) rating. This number is determined by dividing the system’s cooling output by its energy consumption. The higher an air conditioner’s SEER rating, the more efficiently it will cool your home. The most efficient systems can have a SEER rating in the 20s. A more efficient system may cost more up front, but it will pay you back with lower energy bills. Check your current air conditioner’s SEER to see how your replacement will compare.

Consider Your Budget

It’s important to know what your budget is for an AC replacement, so you can shop accordingly.  Remember that proper care and maintenance is essential to protect your investment and maintain any warranty you might have.

If you’re interested in exploring your options for a new AC installation, give One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Baton Rouge a call at (225) 320-4162. We’ll help you find the right system for your home.