Planning to replace your ac unit or ac repair? Whether it’s because the ac is on its last leg and you can’t afford a new one, or for an upgrade to something more energy efficient, we’re here to walk you through everything you need to know. Before you decide what type of ac unit best suits your needs, there are some factors that should be considered first:
Size – In the summer months, AC units come in two sizes – small (less than 2 tons) and large (more than 2 tons). The size of your house will determine which size ac is needed.
Climate Zone – There are four different climate zones across the United States: humid subtropical climates in southern states, humid continental climates in the midwest and eastern states, semi-arid climatic zones found primarily west of Texas up through the Great Plains down to Arizona, and arid climate zones that cover much of southern California. There is also a fifth type called marine subtropical acs which are typically seen on coastal areas (these ac units will not be discussed).
Cooling Capacity – This refers to how many BTUs can be cooled by your ac unit. If you live in an area with a high temperature then more cooling capacity would be needed than someone living in a colder region.
To figure out what size ac needs replaced or should be bought for your home, first identify which kind of zone it falls under: humid, subtropical, or arid.
Humid ac zones – This type of ac zone needs an ac unit with a high cooling capacity and is usually found in the eastern states like Florida, Alabama, Mississippi Louisiana Tennessee Georgia South Carolina North Carolina Virginia Maryland etc
Subtropical ac zones – This kind of ac zone will need one that has a medium to low level cooling power which is typically seen on the coasts of southern California like San Diego at Los Angeles. The temperature for these regions are not too cold but also not as hot as humid areas so it’s best to go with something in between
Arid Ac Zones: this would be those who have limited use for air conditioning because they just don’t get too cold
Tropical ac zones: these are the areas that need air conditioning all year round and can go with any ac unit as they have high cooling demands.
The ultimate guide to air conditioner replacement has given you all the information you need in order to make a decision on what size, climate zone, cooling capacity and humid ac zones your home needs. This should help reduce energy costs and keep both heating and cooling bills lower. If there are any questions or concerns about which type of system is best for your home please don’t hesitate to reach out! We want this process as easy as possible for you so we’re happy to answer any questions that may come up before installation.