2 Things To Consider When Buying A New AC

by Derrick Gordon

Summers can be hot, humid, and long. Air conditioners can be a necessity to get through the summer without losing your mind from the heat. If you need to get a new air conditioner installed, you may not know how to choose the right one for your house. It isn't as easy as just telling the HVAC contractor that you want an AC, there are things you need to consider before you make your final decision. 

Single-Stage vs Dual-Stage vs Variable Speed

One of the things that you need to consider is whether you want to have a single-stage or dual-stage condenser. With a single-stage condenser, there are only two speeds, it's either always on or off. If you are looking for a basic air conditioner, this can be a good choice for you. Dual-stage condensers will run at different speeds. The speed will change depending on the weather is like. If it is hotter, they will run at a faster level, if it is cooler, they will run slower. Variable speed condensers are going to be the most efficient AC choice, but it is also going to be the most expensive air conditioning choice. Instead of going through short cycles to match the temperature on the thermostat, these condensers run in longer cycles and keep the house cooler. One thing you have to be aware of with this kind of air conditioner is that the entire system has to be made by the same company. 


You need to make sure you get the right size air conditioner for your house. If it is too small, it won't cool your house completely, and it will cause the motor to work too hard, which will wear your AC out faster and cost you too much. An AC that is too large won't cool your house any faster, it can cause other problems. Air conditioners are sized in tons. A ton refers to how much air the AC can cool in an hour, measured in BTUs. There are formulas that will let you know how big the air conditioner should be, based on the square footage of your house. The HVAC contractor can show you what the formula is and walk you through the process. 

If you are going to get a new air conditioner, you need to make sure that you get the right one. There are things that you can do that will help you get the new unit that will keep your house nice and cool no matter how hot it gets outside.

Reach out to a company that offers AC installation services to learn more.