During the long, hot Texas summer days, you are grateful for having a quality air conditioner. Having a properly working air conditioner guarantees that your home will be kept at a comfortable temperature all summer long, keeping you cool and happy. Nothing is worse and more uncomfortable than having no air conditioning during 100-degree temperatures.
How do you know if you have a quality air conditioner?
If you need to invest in a new air conditioner, how do you know you’re investing in the right one? Here are a few characteristics of a quality air conditioner that you should keep in mind when either evaluating the one you have or when choosing a new one:
Size of the Unit
The phrase “size matters” really applies to deciding if you have a quality air conditioner. You need to be sure you either have or are getting the right size AC unit for your home. If you get a unit too small, it will have to work double time to keep your home at the temperature that you set. This will increase your energy use and thus increase your bill.
Energy Efficiency Rating
The main characteristic of a quality air conditioner is the energy efficiency rating. All appliances are given a rating based on how much energy is required when said appliance is in use. When you look at the tag on your air conditioner, you will see a number which tells you the energy efficiency rating. If the number is higher, don’t be alarmed.
Many people assume that this higher number is a bad thing and that it means the air conditioner uses more energy. In reality, this higher number means that the air conditioner is more energy efficient and uses less energy to work. In most cases, you will have to pay more initially for a more energy efficient air conditioner, but that will pay off in the long run when your energy bills are lower.
How Quickly it Cools a Room
For a new air conditioner recently installed, you’ll want to watch how long it takes to cool the room down. After making sure you have the right size unit and it is energy efficient, your air conditioner shouldn’t take longer than a couple minutes to cool down a room. If you find that your air conditioner is constantly running or, when it kicks in, is running for longer than approximately five minutes in order to cool a room, you may have a low-quality unit.
Keep in mind, however, that each room in your home will take a different amount of time to cool down depending on the size. Don’t compare how long it takes to cool down your kitchen to your bathroom. Your kitchen is much larger than your bathroom and will take more time to cool down.
For more characteristics of a quality air conditioner, contact Kingwood Air Repair today at 281-441-4500. We can also help guide you to the best quality air conditioner for your home if you are looking for a new unit.