If you’re tired of having to sweat it out when the sun gets high in the sky and you’re dreading the icebox your home is going to transform into once the winter arrives, now is the time to find the best heating and cooling systems for your home. That said, as the best heating and cooling contractors can tell you, what’s “best” for your home, depends entirely on the space, the type of room you plan to put your AC unit into, and how much you want to pay now versus later. Here are the three most important things to consider when trying to find the best heating and cooling systems for your home.
How to Narrow Down Your Choices to Only the Best Heating and Cooling Systems
- Start by Assessing the Space of Your Rooms
- Choose an Energy Efficient Option to Save Money in the Long Run
- Some Rooms Need More Oomph
For Energy Star, the first step to finding the best AC unit for your need is to assess how much space you have in your home. If, for example, you have 2,000 square feet that needs to be cooled or heated, you’ll need to choose a system that operates at 34,000 BTUs. On the other hand, a small space of only 500 square feet will only require a 12,000 BTU unit. Keep in mind, choosing an option that is either too big or too small will ramp up your energy bills and result in a space that isn’t as cool or warm as you’d like.
Energy efficiency has been the buzzword for evolving technology over the last decade. In the world of air conditioning, it’s taken very seriously, so much so that the federal government mandates that every manufacturer list the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) on the package for each unit. The higher the EER, the more energy efficient. Likewise, the higher the number, the higher the price for the unit. It’s worth noting that an energy efficient unit may be expensive now, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run.
As the San Francisco-based newspaper SF Gate suggests, not every room in your home can be held to the same conversion scale for square footage to BTU requirements. Because your kitchen naturally puts out more heat, thanks to your stove, refrigerator, and other appliances, for example, it requires an extra 4,000 BTUs than would otherwise be necessary for a space of the same size. Rooms with more than two occupants will likewise require a bump in BTUs to account for body heat being put off.
Did we leave anything out as to how homeowners should choose the right family heating and cooling systems? If you work for a heating and cooling service, let us know what we should have included on our list by leaving a comment below. Helpful links.