Summer is officially here, which brings the annual rise of temperature in our homes, and the rise of cost to our cooling costs.
For some, a break in both cooling and money can be found by upgrading, replacing, and purchasing a brand new air conditioner.
Upgrading your air conditioner is not as easy as pointing at a catalog and saying that one, especially for us living throughout the Willamette Valley. There are many factors that go into choosing with air conditioner is right for your home.
Here are five factors to consider before purchasing a new air conditioner for your home.
Orientation & Location
All of our homes are built facing different directions, and the solar heat gain that is let into our home can have a significant impact on the rise of heat during the sunniest part of the day.
Likewise, there is a dramatic difference whether your home is located on an open stretch of rural property in the heart of Boring’s Nursery Stock agricultural land, or if your home lies in the shadow of Mt. Tabor in South East Portland.
Energy efficiency is an important consideration for both heating and cooling. Insulation gets a lot of attention with regards to keeping our homes warm during the winter, but that same insulation can do wonders to keep the heat outside of homes, and keep whatever air we do cool inside our homes, where it is most needed during the heat of the summer months.
Installing additional insulation at the time of a new air conditioner installation can be quite beneficial.
Similar to insulation, the ductwork in your home can be a benefit and a detriment to your air conditioning needs. Poorly insulated and put together ductwork can leak valuable cool air into attics and crawl spaces where it is typically not needed, instead of getting that cool air where it is needed most; in the intended rooms of your home.
The layout and floor plan of your home is another factor to consider, as air flow can be dramatically different depending upon how many rooms, floors, and odd spaces your home has. An air conditioner that works well for a three story mansion may not be what would work well for a split level ranch, and vice versa.
Likewise, the entire square footage of your home is also important to consider.
Solar Heat Gain
During the day, our homes warm up based on the solar heat that enters through the walls and windows of our home. Depending upon the orietation of your home, and outside elements such as shade trees, buildings, and other structures, there can be a significant rise or fall to the overall temperature to your home.
It is important to know exactly how much heat your home gains in order to determine what level of cooling is needed to keep your comfortable.
Here To Help
We at CZ Heating understand how daunting of a task it might be to know which air conditioner is right for you. That is why we are here to help. Contact us today for a consultation to help answer the questions you may.