Buyer’s Guide: Residential Air Conditioning Unit

Buyer’s Guide: Residential Air Conditioning Unit

Whether you’re considering a completely new residential air conditioning unit or just need to replace your old one, doing so requires due diligence. Seeing as how it’s quite the home improvement and will have a strong impact on your home’s comfort, choosing the right AC unit for your home is crucial. As any homeowner here knows, Michigan summers are both hot and humid—and your home’s AC unit plays a key role in getting you through such.

Considering all of this, you’ll need to do your research in purchasing a new residential air conditioning unit and ensuring it suits your home’s specific needs. To help you through the process, the experts at Applegate Home Comfort have compiled a list of factors to keep in mind in your search for a new unit. First, let’s take a look at your options.

Types of Residential Air Conditioning Units

Though we here at Applegate can evaluate your home and determine the correct type and size of AC unit, it’s still important to know your options. Within residential air conditioners, you have a couple of options. Find more detail about each below:

  • Central Air Conditioning: A common type for many homes, central air conditioning units utilize ducts to circulate the air they cool throughout the home. The main unit itself is typically placed outside or in the basement.
  • Heat Pumps: Heat pumps work similar to central air conditioning units, however, they eliminate warm air from the home and direct it outside, and doing the same to cold air in the cold months. These are often used in places where both heating and cooling are necessary.
  • Split Systems (Ductless): Split system ACs, often called ductless, are just like they sound. Instead of using ductwork to distribute the cool air throughout your home, they use a condenser outside. This cools the air with refrigerant and distributes the air through blower units in your home. An advantage here is they are easier to install and compatible with ductless homes.

Residential AC Units: Tips for Buying

When it comes to purchasing a new air conditioning unit for your home, there’s a few factors to keep in mind. One such factor that will ultimately determine what AC unit you go with is the size. This of course depends on the size of your home, but also relies on a range of other factors.

AC Unit Size

As mentioned above, the size of the AC unit is the most important factor in purchasing one for your home. It needs to be just the right size—not too big, nor too small. Now, you can calculate the required size with some old-fashion math, or you can utilize a chart online, but plenty of sites online can also help you calculate it. If you want to do the math, multiply your home’s square footage by 25 and divide by 12,000. Then subtract 0.5. See it below:

2,000 (sq. ft.) x 25 = 50,000
50,000 / 12,000 = ~4.2
4.2 — 0.5 = 3.7 (tons)

Of course, these above-mentioned tactics will only give you approximations of the size needed. An experienced contractor will perform a load calculation for you to determine the exact size—or at least they should. Here at Applegate, we’ll come out, assess your home, and determine the right size accordingly.

Additional Factors & Considerations

In addition to the size of your AC unit, you’ll want to keep a few other factors in mind in your search. As alluded to above, the contractor you consider should be able to perform a load calculation for you to determine the correct size of unit needed. We’ve even created a page for choosing your contractor to help.

You should also look into energy efficiency when considering different makes and models of AC units. Considering how necessary they can be through Michigan summers, you’ll want something that requires less energy. Costs may be higher initially, but electricity bills will certainly decrease.

Get the Right AC Unit with Applegate Home Comfort

To make things simple and ensure you find the right residential air conditioning unit for your home, contact Applegate Home Comfort today. We’re committed to providing our fellow Michigan residents with professional and quality service, and we’ll work to keep your home cool and comfortable whenever needed. Give us a call today at 517-337-7700.