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3 Things to Consider When Upgrading Your AC

If it’s time to upgrade your existing AC to a newer model, you want to make a wise decision. After all, choosing the right air conditioner can go a long way toward keeping your home more comfortable and saving you money on your monthly energy costs. 

When you’re ready to talk about an ac installation in Eugene, give our team a call to schedule your appointment. Ahead of that appointment, you should learn more about the factors to consider when selecting a residential air conditioner–like SEER2 ratings, sizing, and ducted vs. ductless models.

SEER2 Ratings

Here in Oregon, the minimum SEER2 rating is 13.4 for air conditioners. This means that an air conditioner with a SEER2 rating of 13.4 should be considered a base model. Although it is perfectly acceptable to install an air conditioner with this rating for your home, we suggest going with a higher SEER2 rating. 

This is because a higher energy efficiency rating will mean that you ultimately spend less on keeping your home cool during the summer months. Plus, when your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to cool your home, it can take on less wear and tear over the years and ultimately have the potential for a longer lifespan.

Unit Size

Calculating the size of an air conditioner for your home is a little bit of a complicated process. We don’t expect you to do the math and know what size air conditioner you need – that’s what we are here for. Air conditioner sizing is primarily based on square footage and climate zone. But we also have to consider things like the following:

  • Ceiling heights around your home
  • Amount of insulation
  • Number of windows
  • Amount of direct sunlight that your home receives

We can take each of these different factors into consideration and help find the perfect air conditioner for your home and family. If you have questions about how we sized your air conditioner, we are happy to help you understand. 

Ducted Vs. Ductless

You may also consider whether you want a ducted or ductless air conditioner. A more traditional central air conditioner offers cooling alone. But you also have the option of a ducted heat pump that offers both heating and cooling. This type of unit can replace both your air conditioner and your heater. 

Plus, heat pumps come in ductless models that offer greater energy efficiency and improved customization for how you heat and cool your home. If you’re interested in an all-in-one solution or switching to a ductless model, just talk to our team about your options and we can help you pack the best unit, whether it is a central air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless model.

Your comfort is our business! Comfort Flow Heating serves all of Oregon, so contact our team today to schedule your appointment.

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