Air conditioning is vital for comfort in your Florida home. However, even a well-maintained air conditioner won’t last forever, with the average model’s life expectancy ranging from 10-15 years. If your air conditioner is starting to suffer from efficiency losses or frequent breakdowns, now is the right time to consider new AC installation in St. Petersburg, FL, to restore the level of home comfort you deserve without high utility bills or AC repair costs. There are several different factors that will influence your choice of AC system, including the size of your home, your personal preferences, and your budget.
In most cases, the type of air conditioning system you currently have installed in your home will dictate the best new AC unit to replace it. If you currently have a central forced air heating and cooling system, choosing a central AC unit is the most cost-effective choice. However, if you are considering making a larger change in terms of home heating and cooling efficiency, you may want to think about replacing your air conditioner and your heating system at once with an energy-efficient heat pump. Heat pumps can provide heating and cooling via a single appliance, reducing the space required for your HVAC system as well as associated installation and maintenance costs.
To enjoy high-efficiency cooling, your air conditioner must be sized properly for your home. Bigger is not always better—if your air conditioner is either too small or too large, it won’t provide either the cooling or the efficiency you expect. Air conditioners that are improperly sized will struggle to meet your temperature and humidity preferences, leaving your home too warm and too humid, regardless of whether the unit is under- or oversized. Thus, it’s important to work with an HVAC professional to assess your home’s cooling needs before you schedule a new AC installation. Matching your air conditioning capacity to the size of your home and the temperature differential you expect to require will result in the greatest long-term efficiency and the most effective home cooling so you can balance comfort with cost.
In addition to cooling capacity, air conditioner systems are rated by efficiency. The term used to measure the cooling efficiency of an air conditioner or heat pump is Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, which compares the cooling output of the appliance with the required energy input to produce cooled air. Higher SEER ratings indicate better cooling efficiency, which means the air conditioner consumes less energy per unit of cooling output than a product with a lower SEER rating. As SEER rating goes up, the price of the unit also increases, meaning that homeowners must balance efficiency with cost when preparing for new AC installation. HVAC experts recommend getting an air conditioning system with the highest SEER available for your budget, as spending more money upfront on a high-efficiency system will pay off over the long term via consistently lower cooling bills, helping you to recoup the cost of the unit.
Is it time for new AC installation in your St. Petersburg, FL, home? Whether you’ve experienced an AC breakdown or are simply ready to explore your home cooling options, our experienced technicians can help you with this process for less stress and greater convenience. Our online blog archive contains more information and articles to help you choose the right home cooling system for your needs, or you can reach an AC expert through our website to discuss replacement service or a system assessment.