What Features Should I Look for in a Central A/C?

What Features Should I Look for in a Central A/C?

What Features Should I Look for in a Central A/C?When it’s time to replace your cooling system, use this time as an opportunity to identify features to look for in a central A/C. Since these systems last an average of 15 years, taking time to make thoughtful and educated choices before your final decision will increase your satisfaction with this major investment.


Considering the length and intensity of the cooling season, it’s easy to think that a bigger cooling system would cool your home better. Actually, the opposite is true. Any oversized cooling system will run in short cycles, won’t evenly cool your home and leave humidity behind. Insist that your HVAC contractor size your system using Manual J software to find the best fit based on your home’s cooling load.

Humidity Removal

Because this region has such humid summers, your contractor should consult Manual S software to be certain that the equipment you choose will adequately remove the humidity to increase your comfort and the health of you and your home.

Energy Efficiency

Seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) ratings for heat pumps and air conditioners for this climate start at 14. Each increase in the SEER rating indicates the system uses 10 percent less energy under controlled laboratory testing conditions. A more efficient system will pay for itself over time in lower cooling costs.

Running Speeds

One of the best features to look for in a central A/C system for this climate is one that has a dual speed compressor, paired with a variable-speed air handler. Most of the time, the equipment will run on a lower speed, which saves energy, improves air delivery and removes more humidity. These systems run more quietly, as well, increasing the enjoyment of your home and yard.

Filter Check Light

This warning light tells you when to check the air filter. Being reminded to do so prevents premature system problems, as well as keeping energy efficiency high.

The professionals at Powers Heating & Air can give you more options and information about features to look for in a central A/C. We provide trusted HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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