As we all know, Texas summers can be unbearable even when you have air conditioning. As this summer approaches and temperatures rise, you may be considering buying a new central air conditioning system for your home. When talking with your local comfort consultant, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

All new central air conditioners have an energy rating system referred to as seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER. SEER basically determines the amount of energy needed to provide cool air. Since 2006, new central air conditioners must achieve a SEER of 13 or higher. This is the minimum required rating when purchasing a system, but a homeowner can save more money with a higher rating (up to 21 SEER).

If you want to cut additional energy costs on your bill, consider purchasing an air conditioning system that is identified as an Energy Star-qualified model. Cost savings on an energy efficient model can decrease your cooling bills by 30 percent.

While buying an energy efficient model is a major factor in your purchasing decision, there are a few other things that should be examined when buying a new air conditioner. These include:

  • A high-temperature rating, or EER, greater than 11.6, which also provides high-efficiency operation on the hottest days.
  • The ability to operate in fan-only mode, which provides ventilation without the high costs of running the unit.
  • A filter warning to remind you to change the filters.
  • A programmable thermostat that is included as part of the central air conditioner unit.
  • A unit that operates quietly.

Adding a new central air conditioning system to your home can be a costly purchase. As a homeowner, it is prudent to make a well-informed decision on your investment.

Feel free to contact Bradbury Brothers with any questions you have. We’ll be glad to help.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). Bradbury Brothers services most of southern Montgomery County including The Woodlands, Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Pinehurst, Shenandoah as well as northern Harris county including Cypress, Klein, Spring and Tomball.