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The Qualities to Look for in a New Air Conditioner

Last updated 5 years ago

If you’ve been thinking of upgrading or replacing your old air conditioning system, there is a lot to consider. There are a seemingly endless number of products from a vast number of manufacturers, with one suited for nearly every situation. But with so many air conditioners to choose from, how do you know you’re getting the one that’s right for your home?

Here are few of the most important qualities you should look for when purchasing a new air conditioner:

  • Appropriately Sized – Typically, a professional HVAC contractor will size your equipment to meet the specific needs of your home. An appropriately sized air conditioner is critical—too small and the system will struggle, too large and the system will cycle on and off too frequently. In both cases, your system will be far less efficient than it should be. Factored into the equation is the number of windows in your home, how well it is insulated, and its size.
  • Energy Efficient – Once a professional HVAC contractor has worked out what capacity you need, look for an air conditioner that is Energy Star qualified. Energy Star qualified air conditioners meet the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and are approximately 14% more efficient than standard models. Choosing an energy efficient system will help you save money on utility bills while protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Airflow – Ideally, you want your air conditioner to have a wide range of airflow settings. The air conditioner’s fan circulates the cool or hot air around your home, and a high maximum airflow will help distribute the air in a room more quickly. The faster you can cool down your home, the less time your air conditioner will need to run, and the more money you will save on monthly energy bills. 

When it’s time for a new AC system, make sure to give Blue Dot Services of Maryland a call at (410) 698-6465. You can count on Blue Dot for personalized attention, a convenient sales appointment, outstanding customer service, and a guarantee on all parts and labor. Contact us online or call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional HVAC contractors.


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