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Air conditioning offers a cool reprieve from the scorching summer air that hits Southern Ontario! If your unit has broken down or stopped working as well as it should, you may be getting ready to replace your air conditioning unit before the summer season comes back.

Whether it’s your first air conditioner purchase, or you’re looking to modernize your HVAC system, choosing which unit to buy is no easy feat! With all the new features, rebate programs, BTUs, space requirements, etc. it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the decision. But never fear – Crystal Heating & Cooling is here!


Repairing VS Replacing

As your unit rumbles and shakes, you may be wondering “is replacing an air conditioner even worth it?” and we’re here to help you answer that.  Depending on the age of your unit, as well as the wear and tear, it may be more beneficial to have your air conditioner repaired than fully replaced. If you’re not sure if your unit is a total loss, call a professional, like us! Our technicians are trained and certified to service all makes and models of residential heating and cooling products. Whatever your problem may be, we have 24/7 emergency heating and cooling repair service to ensure your complete peace of mind and comfort.


Is there Existing Ductwork?

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.


What Size Air Conditioner Do You Need?

An air conditioner’s units are measured in tons, which refers to the amount of heat that a 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!


In addition to all the above factors, you also must 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.