When you need a new air conditioner, shopping around can be tough if you don’t know what to look for. How do you know which system will meet your cooling needs while saving you the most money? Of course, the best person to talk to about air conditioning replacement is a qualified technician with experience selecting and sizing an air conditioner to meet a customer’s needs. In the meantime, we’ve put together this list of some of the many choices for air conditioning replacement.
When you replace your air conditioning system, look for a system with a high SEER as well as the ENERGY STAR label. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a calculation of how much energy an air conditioner uses to cool a space. The ENERGY STAR logo indicates that an appliance has met the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s approval, and it is only given to systems that meet high standards of performance and efficiency.
A heat pump is an efficient air conditioning system with the ability to provide both heating and cooling. While most cooling systems only have the ability to pump refrigerant in one direction, absorbing heat from the indoor air and releasing it outside, a heat pump can also work in reverse, absorbing heat from the outside air and releasing it inside. Heat pumps often have high SEERs and a high HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor), a measure of a heat pump’s efficiency in the heating season. And because they work best in areas with mild winters, Palm Desert is the perfect location for a heat pump.
When a technician installs your new AC, you may also consider one of two money-saving upgrades: zone control and thermostat upgrades. A zone control system allows you and your family members to choose to set the temperature differently in certain areas of the home according to your individual preferences. A new programmable thermostat may be more accurate than your older thermostat, or you can choose to upgrade to a smart thermostat, which allows you to control your AC via the internet, even when you’re away from home.