Home Air Conditioning – Size Matters

As temperature rises, so does our want and need for a cooling system. Our thoughts go directly to cooling down and beat the heat that’s trying to beat you. Central air conditioners, despite being one of the best options to achieve the kind of coolness we aim, are quite expensive. Room air conditioners, however can be an energy-efficient, accessible and inexpensive alternative for relatively small spaces.

Roughly around eight to nine million air conditioning units have been shipped for sale in 2017 and the sales continue to increase every year. According to Energy Star, approximately 13% of your energy costs go to cooling your home. It is for this reason that we need to know the basics in choosing the best option and choice that suits our liking, budget, and area. In order to make sure that the unit you are choosing is the right one for you, you have to take note and be mindful of its features as they will determine the performance of the unit not only a few months after installation but also in the long run. In choosing air conditioning units, size matters.

Sizing Up Your Options

Before you consider price and features, start by determining the size of unit you need for the space you want to cool, as well as where you’ll place the unit. The window air conditioners in our tests have cooling capacities ranging from 5,000 to 12,500 British thermal units (Btu).

To measure your room, multiply the length of the room by the width. But don’t buy by Btu alone. Energy Star recommends that you make allowances for other considerations—such as the height of your ceiling, where the unit will be placed, and the size of your windows and doorways. 

Read the full article at Consumer Reports.

As the scrutinizing summer heat sets in, we’d want to provide our family a comfortable home and our employees and customers a healthy working environment. Aside from the size, there are other factors we need to consider such as the location, filters, installation process, and most especially its efficiency and energy consumption.

The air conditioner’s efficiency will be of big help to users especially with the rise of electricity bills and other everyday needs. It is for this reason that when choosing an AC unit, you have to take a look at its efficiency.  For people who wish to save, it is but important to choose the best option.


Much like automobile manufacturers, today’s air conditioner manufacturers are required by law to evaluate and rate their equipment according to its energy efficiency. This rating is known in the industry as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment.

Most new homes with central air come equipped with a standard builder’s model. However, when replacement becomes necessary, property owners can upgrade their air conditioning by specifying a more energy-efficient system.

The Ruud Ultra Series™ High Efficiency model, for example, has a SEER of 18.00, among the highest available. It’s significantly higher than today’s standard models, many of which carry SEER’s of at least 13.

High SEER models are generally more expensive, but can easily make up the difference by reducing your home energy bills over the long run.

Read the full article at Ruud.com.

Air conditioners do not only provide us with cool air, they also filter and circulate air, removing pollutants and mold from the air, thus, giving us a cleaner air to breathe. This is only applicable, however, if your AC units are regularly checked, optimized and the filters are kept clean. Otherwise, this can contribute to indoor air pollution, disrupting the good indoor air quality of your homes. People with allergies, asthma and other respiratory and nasal problems can greatly benefit from the good air quality a maintained AC unit can offer.

Energy efficiency is one the things that HVAC System companies are focusing on today. They aim to innovate their products and produce high-quality AC units whose efficiency will attract consumers. The use of AC units, however, has an environmental impact, such as the release of greenhouse gases. On the good side of things, this problem is already being addressed by some companies.

This video provides more useful information on home air conditioning:

If you’re looking for a local HVAC professional, contact Plumbers Edmonton today! We can help you find the best cooling system for your home or fix your existing system that is no longer giving you the cooling comfort that you and your family desperately need. We can work with your budget and find the right solution that matches the needs of your home and family at a price you can afford.

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