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  • Writer's pictureDain Carver

Thinking about Installing Air Conditioning?

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

So, you're on the fence about whether or not to get an air conditioning system, and you want to know where to start.

The first general question we ask our customers is: "How much square footage is your home or place of business?". The reasoning for that is simple, 1 Ton of Air conditioning (the unit of measurement for A/C) is equivalent to 600 square feet. Therefore, if you have a 2000 sq ft home, you would need a 3.5 ton air conditioning system. However, this can vary depending on the type of home you have. For example, if you have a split-level home, we might recommend installing a two-zone system (one for the bottom floor one for the top floor) depending on the difference in square feet.

Another question is: "What brand of equipment should I choose?". If you're considering installing or replacing a furnace or air-handler then for your Good, Better, Best scenarios we recommend Ruud, Carrier, Trane (in that order). If you're considering ductless split-units, then for your Good, Better, Best scenarios we recommend Fujitsu, LG, and Daikin (in that order).

Third, the most anticipated question is: "How much?". This answer is not straight forward because it depends on a number of factors. How long are you planning on staying in your home? If the answer is 5 years or less we recommend a 13 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio - more on that in a later post) unit. If you're going to be in the house longer we would recommend a 16 SEER unit that will save thousands of dollars over the years. The bigger the system, the more you'll save.

Not sure on which one to pick? Call us at 914-468-4294 and we'll be glad to help!

As always, thank you for your time!

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