What to Look At When Choosing an Air Conditioner for Your New Home

With all of the different types of air conditioning systems available out there, installing an air conditioning system in your new residential building is a decision that requires careful consideration to get right the first time.

The correct AC system installation will keep your home's interior environment cool and comfortable during the summer months while keeping your cooling costs as low as possible. The wrong one, on the other hand, will struggle to meet your household's cooling demand and may prove to be too costly to run.

That said, you'll need to think through certain factors to pick the right cooling system for your needs. Mull over these 2 key factors when choosing an air conditioner for your new home.

Your home's cooling load

The primary purpose of any air conditioning installation is to provide maximum comfort to building users or occupants. To meet this goal, an AC system should meet the cooling demand of the building in which it is installed. 

With that said, the first thing you should do when choosing an AC system for your home is to calculate the home's cooling demand. This will depend on a variety of factors including:

  • The size of your home: the bigger the home, the higher its cooling demand will be.
  • The local weather conditions on any given day: the higher the temperature and humidity levels outside, the greater your home's cooling load will be.
  • Your home's orientation: the direction your home faces also influences your residential cooling load. Typically, south-facing homes receive more sunshine than north-facing homes and this can significantly impact your home's demand for cooling.
  • The type and amount of residential insulation: the quality and quantity of insulation in your house can also impact your residential cooling load. High-quality residential insulation will help keep your cooling demand as low as possible.

Air conditioners come in different sizes to meet the cooling requirements of different households. The greater the cooling load, the larger the size of the air conditioner that will be required to achieve optimal indoor comfort.  

Your home's HVAC design

Building a home presents you with the perfect opportunity to determine the exact kind of air conditioner you want for your home. If you included HVAC ductwork during the new home construction, it makes sense to go for a ducted system of air conditioning so you can make use of the existing air transportation channels.

If you did not build your house with air ducts in mind and don't see yourself installing them, you can always choose from the many different types and models of ductless AC systems available on the market.

Purchasing the right AC system for your home is the first step in ensuring a quality AC installation. If you need a professional's help with aircon installation, don't hesitate to speak to an HVAC contractor based in your area.

About Me

Staying Warm and Keeping Cool: An HVAC Blog

Whether you are trying to stay warm or keep cool, a lot of the same elements are involved. For example, you need a well-insulated home and a functioning HVAC system. This blog is going to contain numerous posts about both heating and cooling. I plan to write about troubleshooting your HVAC system as well as about supporting it with the right windows, fans or other elements. I may also write shopping tips and guides on when to call for professional help. Before you start reading, let me introduce myself. My name is Ken. I was born in Winnipeg, Canada, where weather fluctuations are a fact of life, and a sturdy HVAC system is essential. While I was spending a gap year in England, I met my wife, Ariella, an Australian, and we've been living in Oz ever since. This is my first blog, and I hope you like it.