What to Look for When Replacing an Air Conditioner

Replacing an air conditioner? When your older air conditioner finally bites the dust, you’re faced with a lot of decisions. First, you have to find a reputable company to remove the older system and help you find a suitable replacement. Then, you have to weed through the various brands, sizes and details of the available systems for your area. The best way to decide is to work with an HVAC professional, but we have a couple of suggestions of what to look out for.

Compare High-Efficiency Systems

Our main recommendation for any homeowner replacing an outdated air conditioner is to check the efficiency ratings of each air conditioner you are considering. We know how important it is to find a system that fits into your budget, but if you settle for a unit with a low efficiency rating, you’ll be paying for it later on.

Air conditioners are generally considered to be high-efficiency when they have a SEER of 16 or higher. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a measure of how much  energy a system requires to cool a given space in a typical cooling season, and a higher SEER will indicate a more efficient system. You can save dozens or even hundreds of dollars a year by going with a high-efficiency system, as long as it is the proper size for your home and installed by a trained professional.

Consider a Heat Pump

A heat pump is an efficient air conditioning system that is also an effective and high-efficiency heater. The parts function in the same way as a standard central AC, but with one major difference—the ability to move in reverse and bring warm air into the home. This should work effectively for most of the year, though you may need a backup heater when temperatures dip too low. Ask your technician for more information.

Call the trained HVAC professionals at APC Plumbing & Heating for replacing an air conditioner in the Arvada, CO area. We have someone in your neighborhood today!


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