5 Things You Need To Consider When Buying A New Air Conditioner

When it comes to brands of air conditioners there are many different types. There are high end brands and low end brands. There are superior air conditioners that will last a long time and others that … well let’s face it, they are just meant to be cheap.

Brand
We have chosen to partner with Lennox. The reason we have chosen to partner exclusively with Lennox is because they support their dealers with parts distribution locally. Most other brands, in fact all of them except for one, have pulled their parts distribution from Ottawa. What this means to you is that when your air conditioner is 7 to 10 years old and needs routine servicing, you likely will not have parts available locally to fix it. If the unit fails on a 38゚ day, you will likely be out of luck for a few days while the necessary part is ordered and delivered from Toronto or Montreal.

Size
Often there is more than one correctly-sized air conditioner for a home. The only way to know what size air conditioner is a proper fit is to have a heat gain calculation performed on your home. This is a standard service we provide with every one of our home consultations.

Efficiency
One of the most important factors when choosing an air conditioner is the SEER rating. The SEER rating refers to the electricity consumption of your air conditioner. Simply put, the higher the SEER rating, the less electricity your air conditioner will use. The SEER scale is also a linear scale. For example, an air conditioner with a 26 SEER rating will use exactly half of the electricity of one that has a rating of 13C.

Noise
How long are you going to be able to stand listening to a loud, obnoxious air conditioner? There is a reason why some air conditioners are cheaper: what you gain in cost you lose in quality. And since the unit sit outside, the noise affects your neighbours as well. Typically, more efficient air conditioners are also quieter.

Operating Stages
This may be the most important consideration for your new AC unit, because it’s more than just a cooling system, it’s also a dehumidification system. To be comfortable, we must cool our house and we must be able to dehumidify. The three choices when buying an air conditioner are single-stage, two-stage or modulating (or multi-stage).

An air conditioner has to be running in order to dehumidify. A single-stage air conditioner is either on or off with nothing in between. It will do all the cooling you need, but will only be effective at removing humidity on those extremely hot days of the summer, simply because it takes a long time to cool given the warm temperature outside. On a moderately hot day when it’s not very hot outside but there is a lot of humidity, a single-stage air conditioner will run long enough to cool the house but not run long enough to remove the humidity, leaving you uncomfortable. By contrast, a two-stage air conditioner has an additional setting that allows it to run at half speed. At that half speed, the unit runs for a longer period of time thereby cooling the house and removing the humidity together. Lastly, your modulating air conditioner can deliver precise temperature and humidity every day of the cooling season. Whether it is extremely hot, moderately hot or not hot at all, your modulating system will maintain whatever temperature you desire and revert to a low setting to act as a whole-house dehumidification system. With a modulating air conditioner, you will never have to compromise between temperature and humidity.

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