Air conditioning is a treat we all take for granted when those hot summer months roll around – but it actually has a long history dating back to the 1800s when inventors and scientists discovered all liquid evaporation has a cooling effect. The first ‘Apparatus for Treating Air’ was invented in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier for a New York printing plant. It was in 1914 when the first home obtained an air conditioning unit – which was approximately 7 feet high, 6 feet wide, and 20 feet long. Imagine how much that thing would have affected your utility bills?
Thankfully, not only are AC units much smaller now, but they’re also way more energy-efficient and offer more bang for your buck as well. If you’re in the market for a new AC unit then we’ve listed some variables that will help determine what you might have to pay in 2022.
If your current home already has HVAC ductwork, then you will save a lot by taking advantage of the existing infrastructure. If your home is not already equipped with HVAC ductwork then you’ll have to consider installing a ductless air conditioning system. This will eliminate the need to install costly HVAC ductwork, but you might pay more for the unit itself.
An air conditioner’s units are measured in tons, which refers to the amount of heat that unit can remove from a home within an hour.
For example, a 1-ton unit can remove 12,000 BTUs, while a 3-ton unit can remove 36,000. Typically, the larger the house, the more cooling power it will need. When discussing the size of an air conditioner, you’ll frequently hear the word “BTU,” which stands for “British Thermal Units.” Simply put, it’s a unit of energy. Check out this helpful BTU calculator for additional information on BTUs and to figure out what size BTU is appropriate for your place!
When determining which size of an air conditioner is best for your home, it is important to think of other variables such as remembering that a basement is naturally cooler than the other floors in the house. Typically, a 1,600 square foot house will be well-served by a 2.5-ton unit. Check out our Complete Buyer’s Guide to Air Conditioning to learn more about the right AC size for your needs!
When it comes to air conditioning, efficiency is measured in what we call SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the unit. The advantages of improved SEER ratings are lowered energy costs and cooling times, however, they come with a corresponding cost increase upfront.
Similar to furnaces, air conditioners also come with variable speeds, and the higher SEER units are available with what we refer to as a ‘Two-Stage’ functionality. This means that rather than producing the same amount of cooling regardless of how fast the fan is running, two-stage air conditioners have a low speed and a high speed.
Two-Stage air conditioners are ideal when it isn’t super-hot but the humidity level is high since the low stage cooling dehumidifies without drastically reducing the temperature when it’s not necessary.
Not only does a two-stage air conditioner make your home more comfortable, but you will also save on electricity.
If you require or choose to include the bells and whistles such as a new thermostat, a low noise model, or if the design of your house requires some ductwork to link with your existing AC, all of these factors will influence the price of your new air conditioner and you will most likely be quoted more than average.
Although it’s possible to purchase an air conditioner from a wholesaler and install it yourself, the level of skill required is substantial and you must be EPA certified to handle a refrigerant. The AC installation may require some additions such as new breakers in your electrical panel, wires running through your foundation, new ductwork, and the mounting of your unit. It may cost you more upfront, but leaving this job to a professional air conditioner installer will most likely save you a lot in the long run.
In addition to all the above factors, you also have to think about finding the right installer when buying central air conditioners. The experts at Crystal Heating & Cooling will not only help you purchase an air conditioning unit that’s right for your home, but also provide installation as well. If you want an estimate for the replacement cost of your air conditioner, then contact us today – call 519-756-6888.