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What to Consider When Choosing a New AC

In today’s world of technology and innovation, every appliance and device that powers your life is constantly being refined to provide you with maximum efficiency. These upgrades are also being made with great consideration for the reducing the impact on the environment. Your air conditioner can last you more than a decade with proper care. However there will come a time when a replacement will be inevitable. The various options, including rating information and prices, can make that decision overwhelming. It helps to enlist the aid of a professional contractor when choosing a new AC for your Woodbridge, Virginia, home.

Important Ratings

If you have an old central AC unit, consider replacing it with a new model that has the ENERGY STAR label, which indicates greater performance and energy efficiency. Also look for the SEER – seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The higher the SEER the more efficient the unit and the greater the savings on your utility bill. Most old air conditioners have a SEER rating of 6 or less. Although today’s air conditioners can have a SEER rating of more than 30, the minimum required by law is 13.

Important Features

The standard of 13 set by the government is for manufacturers, and it doesn’t require homeowners to change their old air conditioning units. But, of course, it’s advised that you take advantage of the new models. Modern air conditioners come with a lot of features aimed at improving functionality. If you’re ready to replace your old unit with a new one, look for other features including:

  • Humidity control
  • Quiet operation
  • Variable speed compression which allows you to regulate the temperature more efficiently
  • A check light for the air filter, so you don’t forget about changing it
  • Non-ozone depleting Puron® refrigerant

Apart from bells and whistles and price, you will need to be sure the AC you select is right for your home and will cool it efficiently.

Consult Your HVAC Pro

Your HVAC technician will help you to determine the unit you need based on factors such as the size of the home, number of occupants, and the design of your ductwork.

Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing service to the Woodbridge area since 1979. You can count on us for reliable information and service. Call us today at 703-783-0145 to learn more about other features and benefits that a new AC will provide for you and your family.

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