How to find the perfect air conditioner
As we approach the end of May, and Spring begins to creep into Summer, things are going to be heating up. If you live in one of the hotter areas of the country, then staying cool may not be just a matter of comfort but a matter of health as becoming overheated can cause cramps, headaches, nausea, seizures, and even death. Children and senior citizens are more prone to heat exhaustion, so in order to keep your family cool and safe this summer it would be wise to invest in a quality air conditioner. Let’s take a look at how to find the best air conditioner for your home.
Size: If you are replacing an existing air conditioner in your home, then you’ll want the new model to have the same dimensions. If you’re getting a new air conditioner, then ask some of your neighbors who have similar sized homes about their models to see what they have. You can also bring in a contractor as they usually give free quotes.
Output: Once you have the size of your unit squared away, you’ll need to figure out how much output you need. Output is measured by BTU’s (British Thermal Units). However, they climb into the thousands for even the smallest of air conditioners, so they are also measured by tons. One ton equals 12,000 BTU’s. So a 2 ton air conditioner has 24,000 BTU’s, an air conditioner 1.5 ton capacity puts out 18,000 BTU’s, and so on.
Maintenance: For every year an air conditioner goes without service, it loses roughly 5% of its capabilities. To stop that from happening here’s what you’ll need to do to keep it in good shape.
- Make sure you change the filters on a regular basis.
- Keep it on low or turn it off when out of the house.
- Use weatherstripping around your doors and windows to ensure that you have a tight seal around your home and air won’t escape out.
These tips won’t only save you money buy not having to replace your unit so soon, but it will save you in energy costs as well.
Written by Jack Arrigucci