Air Conditioners

A Buyer's Guide

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Air Conditioners

A Buyer's Guide

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  • Energy Efficiency
  • Whether you need to decide between repairing or replacing your air conditioner, we’re here to help. We service all makes and models, and can help you to maintain and repair the system you have, or help you to replace it completely.

    Choosing a new AC unit can be overwhelming, especially when you feel as though you’ve been pushed into the decision to replace by an unexpected failure. Even in the most well-planned replacement scenario, there’s a lot consider. We’re here to help: our experts will guide you through the process, making sure that you’re armed with the information you need to choose the system best suited to you and your home.

    What matters?

    To help get you started, our experts have compiled a list of the top 3 points you should consider when choosing a new air conditioning system.


    Air Conditioners: Single Stage / Two Stage / Variable Speed

    A single stage air conditioner’s compressor operates on one speed, full blast. Think of it like going from walking to an all-out sprint every time you work out. Shorter, more frequent on/ off cycles make for higher energy bills and a shortened lifespan for your AC. It’s the cooling method people are most familiar with but definitely not the best option.

    Two stage air conditioners have two speeds, high and low. The low setting will be used a majority of the time, and the high setting will only kick in on those scorching hot days. Two stage AC’s are more energy efficient compared to single stage AC’s. They run at a lower setting for longer periods of time and have fewer on/off cycles.

    Variable speed refers to the fan motor that operates at different speeds to better control the cool air flow through your home. Variable speed motors save you money on your energy bills by consuming less energy than standard motors. They also increase comfort by reducing humidity and creating more even temperatures throughout your home.


    Bigger is NOT Better – Choosing the Right HVAC Equipment

    Matching your home with the right sized equipment is no easy task, but CW Suter gets the job done right the first time with our HVAC load evaluation calculation. The competition uses an outdated “rule of thumb” method, a method that often leads to oversizing and over selling. Although most HVAC contractors know the benefits of right sizing, they can’t seem to break free of the “bigger is better” mentality. Suter does not share the “bigger is better” bias and instead uses a cutting edge calculation system to make sure your HVAC equipment is the right fit for your home.

    Most people understand that bigger equipment means bigger initial cost. What most don’t know is that bigger equipment has a negative effect on efficiency, costing you even more money over the lifespan of your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump. Bigger equipment costs more due to cycling losses. Think of it like stop-and-go traffic compared to highway driving. Stop-and-go traffic is harder on your car. Having your air conditioner or furnace constantly turn on and off is harder on the compressor. An oversized compressor will have a much shorter life than an accurately sized compressor.

    Energy Ratings

    No other system in your home will have a larger impact on your comfort or the size of your utility bill than your HVAC system. The cooling efficiency rating for air conditioners (and heat pumps) is Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER. The higher the SEER, the better the energy performance, and the more you save.

    As a Lennox Dealer, we offer our customers the latest in comfort technology.

    Every home is different, and every family has their own comfort sweet spot. We’re committed to helping you choose the air conditioning system that’s right for you. Our Home Comfort Assessment is designed to find the best solution to fit your needs and your budget.  Schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC experts to have your assessment completed – for free, and without obligation.

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    Schedule an appointment to have one of our HVAC experts provide you with a FREE Home Comfort Assessment. Designed to help you identify and address your home’s needs, it’s the most effective method for fitting you with the right central air unit – for your home, family, lifestyle, and budget. Appointments can be made online or by phone.

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