Go Back

How to Choose the Right Central Air Conditioner

Central AC

If you’re considering a central air conditioning system, then you’re not alone. Millions of homes across the country are considering the switch. Previously, everyone wanted a window-mounted unit, which only cooled a single room.

That’s inefficient, though. Today, central air units refresh an entire home and cost less to operate. As a homeowner, how do you choose which system is right for your needs, though?

Energy Efficiency

A whole-home central air unit is known for its effectiveness. Due to today’s high utility costs, homeowners are switching to more energy-efficient means to cool a home. Efficiency, in layman’s terms, is the ability to convert electricity, or energy, into cooling in the least costly method. You want to achieve maximum cooling for the least amount of money per month.

While costly, a central air conditioner is a worthwhile investment. However, it should be noted that you must replace the outdoor condensing unit and indoor evaporator. If you replace only the condensing unit, the potential efficiency gains could be lost. This is, of course, only when replacing an aging central air system.

Sizing and Cost

When determining the right size for a central air unit, you need to consider the square footage of your home and interior layout. In this case, bigger isn’t necessarily better. In fact, a small home with a large unit is wasting money. Hire a professional – someone who can determine the layout, insulation, and size of your home and a corresponding unit.

Regarding cost, the upfront cost of a whole-home central air is an investment. The cost ranges from $3,000 to as much as $20,000 for industrial units. In the long-term, you’ll save money on monthly utility bills, though.

Contact Us

To schedule air conditioning service, contact Burnside Air Conditioning, Heating & Indoor Air Quality by calling 972-215-7992. We’ll work with you directly to ensure the right system is installed in your home!