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How to Select the Right Air Conditioner

It’s not just that there are so many different air conditioner options out there. There are so many different types of air conditioners available. Duct system or window units? One stage or two stage? What brand of air conditioner should you choose, and what about SEER ratings? It can all be a little overwhelming. The truth is you need to find an air conditioner that works best for your home, and to do that, you need to know what each air conditioner offers. So let’s break down a few key things to help you make your decision.

Central Systems

Central air conditioning is the “traditional” air conditioning method, and it remains popular in the midst of College Station’s warmer climate because it’s so comprehensive. It works by cooling the house through the duct system, originating from a central unit outside the house. Central systems take longer to install than window units but typically cover more ground. You can choose a one or two stage system. A one stage system is perfect for cooling your home in the heat of summer, while two-stage systems offer the versatility of lower cooling on milder days.

Ductless Systems

If a central system doesn’t work for you, you can opt for a ductless system. The most popular type of ductless system is a window unit. These are installed in the window of your home and cool the space on site. However, a ductless system doesn’t mean your cooling has to be limited. Many ductless systems have zones so that you can adjust your cooling in different parts of the home, cooling up to five different spaces at once. Window units can offer up to 25 SEER cooling, especially systems like those by Preferred™. There are also freestanding air conditioning units that are ductless. While they cover less space than the major two options, they do have the added benefit of being portable.

SEER Ratings

When searching for air conditioners, one term you’ll see over and over is “SEER” usually preceded by a number. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, and it’s used to rate the energy performance of the air conditioner. The minimum SEER rating required in Texas is 14, but SEER ratings can be upwards of 20 and even as high as 27. The higher your SEER rating, the more you can expect to save on your energy bills. Ductless units typically have higher SEER ratings as they require less energy to function. However, you should take home comfort into account. If your home is properly insulated, ductless units may be all you need, but some homes — especially larger homes, may call for central units.

At Air Solutions in Bryan-College Station, we know that one air conditioner does not fit all, which is why we offer central air conditioning systems as well as ductless systems from some of the best brands on the market. Contact us today to discuss the unit that would best cool your home.

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