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Which new AC system is right for me?

Here are some tips on choosing the right AC system for your home.

Summer seems to start earlier every year.

Temperatures of 90+ degrees are common as early as May and as late as October these days. Having a reliable and effective air conditioning system has always been a big part of living comfortably in Alabama, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to be changing anytime soon.

If your old air conditioner is not working or constantly under repair, you’re probably trying to decide on a replacement for it. The marketplace has hundreds of different brands, models and styles, and it can be easy to let yourself feel overwhelmed by it all when choosing the right AC system for your particular needs.

The best way to stop that is by educating yourself. And lucky for you, there’s plenty of information out there. We know this brief guide doesn’t have all the answers – but we hope it gets you started in the right direction.

Start at the beginning: Assessing your needs

Your air conditioning needs are going to depend – at least in part – on some of the details of your home. Specifically, you’ll need to keep the following in mind when choosing the right AC system.

  • Where you live. The average summer highs and winter lows have an enormous influence on how you’ll use your system;
  • The type of home you live in. Is it a mobile home? A freestanding single-family home? A condominium?
  • The size of your home. How many square feet? How many stories?; and
  • The most important question: what’s your standard of comfort? How cold or warm do you want it to be inside your home?

Just answering these questions can go a long way toward narrowing the field. But that’s just a starting point. Pinpointing the best AC system for you takes a good bit of work and a lot of specialized knowledge that most people just don’t have. In fact, it’s usually best to talk to a AC professional about any questions you might have.

Central air conditioning:

If you’re looking for even temperature control across the entire house, it’s tough to beat a central air conditioning system. But they’ve also got other advantages beyond comfort.

For one thing, a new central AC system will almost certainly boost the value of your home. People like central air and are willing to pay a premium to make sure the house they buy has it. Plus, a hidden unit, properly installed, can even enhance the curb appeal of your home – which is something to think about when it’s time to sell your home.

Split AC systems:

We have installed split A/C system for residential and commercial customers. They cool (or heat) the entire home evenly and quickly, and  can easily handle larger spaces. Because of the way they’re designed,  they tend to be more efficient – some customers have saved hundreds of dollars per month on their electric bills. And most of them include anti-allergy filtration and UV light bacteria-killing technology, which minimizes up to 99.9% of air pathogens.

It’s true that these systems can seem a little pricey at first glance. And they’re certainly more expensive than a window unit. But when you factor in the long-range cost of ownership (which naturally includes your monthly energy bills) and the high level of comfort these systems can provide, the split systems become a very compelling option.

What about a mini-split?

Mini-split systems are becoming quite popular these days so we decided to give them their own page to further explain the benefits – just click here to read more about them.

Think you can live without AC? Think again.

We get a lot of moisture in the air here in Alabama, and as we all know, moisture is a key contributor to mold growth. In humid weather it’s absolutely vital to keep the interior air circulating and at least somewhat dry, if only to prevent mold from taking hold and spreading.

And no, just using a fan isn’t good enough. Sure, it’ll feel cooler by pushing air across your skin – but it won’t do anything for the indoor humidity than can be such an issue in Alabama.

What Next? If you think you might need a new air conditioner, call Service Tech first. We offer an annual maintenance program, which might keep your old unit running longer. And if that’s not an option, we’d be happy to provide a full custom analysis of your home’s air conditioning needs.

Just call us at 205-488-4714 to schedule an appointment and get help with choosing the right AC system for you and your family.

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