With summer on the horizon, this is the time of year that many St. Louis
area homeowners are thinking about installing a new air conditioner. If
you spend any time researching your options, you'll quickly realize
that you have a lot of things to consider when choosing a new cooling
system. Have no fear, because Jerry Kelly is here to offer our advice
on some of the best features to look for in a great air conditioner!
5 features to look for in a new air conditioner
High SEER rating. A
SEER rating describes how energy-efficient an air conditioner is. Although air conditioners
with higher SEER ratings often come with a higher price tag, they will
cost less to operate and are better for the environment. We suggest choosing
an air conditioner with the highest SEER rating that fits your budget,
because the long-term energy savings will help offset the higher installation costs.
Variable speed air handler. A
variable speed air handler uses a fan that operates at multiple speeds depending on the amount of
air circulation that's needed in your home. This allows your air conditioner to operate
more efficiently and cools your home more evenly than a single-speed air handler.
Two stage compressor. Similar to a variable speed air handler, a
two stage compressor operates at multiple levels depending on how much it's needed. A two
stage compressor runs at a low level most of the time and kicks into the
higher level when it's extra hot outside. This is another feature
that will both save you energy and make your home more comfortable.
R22 refrigerant is no longer allowed in newly installed air conditioners.
The most popular new refrigerant to replace R22 is
R410a, which is more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly than R-22.
Automatic-delay fan switch. When your air conditioner turns off, some conditioned air is still left
in your ducts. With an automatic-delay fan switch, your fan will run a
few minutes after your compressor turns off to push all of that remaining
cool air into your living spaces.
If you have any questions about what to look for in a new air conditioner,
or if you'd like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home,
contact Jerry Kelly, your
St. Louis air conditioner repair company. We service the St. Louis area, including surrounding towns like
Cottleville, Creve Coeur and St. Paul, MO.