If you have an aging or inefficient air conditioning system, it’s important to consider replacement before your system has a major breakdown as it tries to battle the soaring summer temperatures. But how do you choose the best AC for your home?

That’s where we come in! Here at Patriot Air, your comfort is our #1 priority.

Air conditioners predominately all work on the same principles, refrigerant liquid coolant moving through a compressor to cool the air in your home. When replacing your AC system, think of these 3 items: Capacity, efficiency, and reliability.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the best AC for your home.

The Right HVAC Contractor

It’s important to note that choosing the right HVAC contractor is just as important as choosing the right system for your New Jersey home. Technology is changing and getting better each year. What used to be considered standard efficiency 5 years ago is now below the minimum allowed by law. Hiring a knowledgeable expert will decide the capacity you will need based on your homes measurements and insulation values.

Proper System Sizing 

The importance of proper sizing for your AC system simply cannot be overstated. Oddly enough, the AC’s system capacity is measured in tons. A ton of refrigeration is equal to 2000 pounds (1 ton) of cooling power, which is defined as 1 ton of ice melting over the course of 24 hours.

If you choose a system that is too small for your home, you could experience inconsistent temperatures and skyrocketing energy costs. Install a system that’s too large and you can expect frequent cycling, reduced efficiency, and increased energy usage. Improper installation could reduce the efficiency of your system by as much as 30% or more. Unfortunately, this could lead to significantly higher energy costs and the need for early replacement.

SEER Ratings

Air conditioner efficiency is measured as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The current minimum number is .13 SEER. These ratings are the industry standard for measuring how much energy a unit will consume in regards to how much cooling it will supply to your home. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your new system will be. In general, a SEER rating between 15-18 is the preferred range for optimal energy efficiency.  Let Patriot Air help you weigh the estimated energy savings against the higher cost and find the balance that is right for your home and budget.

Choosing a Trusted HVAC Contractor in New Jersey

When it comes to comprehensive HVAC services, Patriot Air is a name you can trust! We’ve worked hard to earn our esteemed reputation as the area’s leading HVAC contractor—and we’re committed to exceeding your expectations for decades to come.

If you need help choosing the best AC for your home or have questions on how to choose the best AC for your home, we can help! Simply contact us online or give us a call at 609-298-5109.