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Upgrading Your AC: Factors to Consider

Last month, we spoke about variable-speed technology and how this is one way to achieve optimal efficiency when upgrading your air conditioning system. With as much as you likely use your air conditioner in your Florida home, it only seems natural that you want to save money. One of the best ways to do this is by upgrading your air conditioner and making sure that it’s performing as effectively and efficiently as possible. So what other factors should you consider when upgrading your system?


When it comes to properly sizing your air conditioner, professional HVAC contractors look at many factors. They’ll consider the square footage of your home, but also how many windows you have, what your ceiling heights are, if you have a lot of heat-generating appliances, and more. If the cooling system in your home is too big, it will short-cycle and lead to excessive wear and tear.

SEER Rating

The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of your system measures the cooling efficiency of your AC throughout the season. The higher the number, the more efficient your air conditioner is. While the minimum SEER before 2006 was 10, it is now 13. For the most efficient system, you’ll want to look for a unit with a SEER close to or above 20.

Professional Installation

One of the best ways to upgrade your system is making sure that your new air conditioner is installed by a professional. They will check for things like the size and configuration of your ductwork, that your ductwork is in good condition, and that your thermostat is calibrated correctly and not located near any heat-producing appliances. Don’t trust just anyone to properly install your air conditioner, no matter what type of system you choose.

Ready to upgrade the air conditioner in your Lake Nona, FL home? Don’t delay, call Southeast Air & Heat today!

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