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There’s nothing like stepping into a cool space on a hot summer day in Fairfax, Virginia. With a good air conditioning unit, you’ll stay comfortable. Are you looking to buy a new AC system before summer? An AC unit is one of the most important home investments you’ll make. Consider these three key factors before buying your new AC system:

Size of Unit

Choosing the right size AC system is crucial. If the AC system is too big, it’ll turn on and off frequently, reducing the unit’s energy efficiency and increasing your energy bills. On the other hand, if the unit is too small, your home won’t stay cool on a hot day. Call one of our AC service technicians to perform a cooling load calculation before deciding on a unit.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

A Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating is definitely something you need to consider before buying a new AC unit. The SEER rating measures how much cool air a system produces, divided by the amount of energy used to produce that cooling. In other words, the SEER rating measures the efficiency of the system. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the system. However, a very high SEER rating doesn’t necessarily mean great savings. The higher the SEER rating, the higher the purchase price. A rating above 14 is classified as energy-efficient.

Type of Unit

The right type of AC unit depends on factors such as your budget, need for flexibility, and home’s construction. Consider a central AC system for new construction or if you’re doing a full remodel and tearing out a wall. A ductless system is good if you care about energy efficiency.

Are you ready to find an AC unit that bests fits your home? Turn to Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning for all your HVAC needs. Call us at 703-783-0145.

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