How to Choose a New Air Conditioner

If you are like us in Sarasota Florida, living in a tropical climate, at some point in your life you have probably had an air conditioner break. While many can be fixed, sometimes a unit just has to be replaced. Sure people in the 1800’s lived without AC but they also didn’t live as long so AC is a necessity. If your unit is on its last leg, here are some things to consider when choosing a brand new air conditioner.

Consult a Professional

There are a number of factors to take into account when buying an AC unit. HVAC professionals are trained in building science which means they have total knowledge of what size, power, and other factors that make a certain unit perfect for your home. You are already going to need an HVAC service to install it so why not let them help you from beginning to end. If your concern is that the technician has been sent to sell you the highest priced product, put that fear to rest. There is no incentive for a technician to sell you a product your home doesn’t need. The more powerful and bigger, the more expensive is the usual standard. A professional knows that installing the wrong sized unit in your home will result in some major inefficiencies that will make you not want to do business with them again. By helping you find the perfect system for your home, the technician has a better chance of you being a repeat customer. Beware of “friends” who know a little about AC and offer to do the job. In Florida, it is the law that the technician must have certain certifications. An HVAC contractor is always a possibility as well, but you have to make sure they are really certified. The best thing to do is to seek out a full service HVAC company. These companies will guarantee their work so that if anything goes wrong because a mistake is made during installation, they will make it right.


Air conditioner efficiency is measured by something called the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). In the interest of efficiency, the government requires that all AC units have a SEER rating of 13 or higher. A rating from a 14 to a 22 earns an “energy-efficient” classification, which can qualify you for a credit during income tax season. If you are consulting with a professional make sure to discuss the SEER rating and what your options are. The tax break and efficiency could actually pay for the unit itself.


Most manufacturers require a certain amount of maintenance to honor the warranty. Make sure you find out what the terms of the warranty are. Again, the wise move is to go with a professional service from beginning to end. You still make all the choices but you’ll have an expert advising you. Sign a maintenance contract. They are surprisingly affordable and they take the worry out of having to keep up with the maintenance yourself. Regular check ups also keep your unit at maximum efficiency and extend the life of the air conditioner.

If you have questions about choosing a unit or having it installed, call 7th Generation Air Conditioning and Heating today at 941-966-1684.


2 Responses to “How to Choose a New Air Conditioner”

  1. Maggie Allen

    Thanks so much for sharing this advice on choosing a new AC system! I really like that the systems all have SEER ratings to help you make a decision, too. In my opinion, paying a little more to have a more efficient system would probably help you save in the long run. Plus, if you can get a tax break for it, then the cost may end up being lower than if you chose the “cheaper” option!

  2. Jeff Madison

    I like your tip on consulting a professional for advice on what type of AC unit to install in your home. I would imagine that because there are so many models it would be important to have someone who knows their stuff helping you. My wife and I are looking for a new air conditioning system for our home so maybe we should consult a professional to help us pick the right one for us.


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