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Looking to buy a new air conditioner? Well before you make a big purchase make sure it has an ARI reference number! An ARI reference number guarantees your new air conditioner will have Energy Star efficiency, the proper SEER rating and the right amount cooling. What is an ARI reference number you ask? Well to break it down, every air conditioner is divided into two main parts: the condensing unit and the evaporator. These two components must be evenly matched in order for your system to work properly. Each match has its own unique ARI reference number, get it? So the ARI reference number is a MUST HAVE!

      FYI: ARI stands for Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. They are an internationally recognized leader in developing HVAC standards.

So how do you check your ARI reference number? Just ask! Your HVAC professional is supposed to show you three things:

    The model number of the condenser
    The model number of the evaporator
    The ARI reference number

These should all appear on your invoice. Make sure all the numbers on the invoice match the number to your models. Good luck with purchasing your new air conditioner!

Cost

  • Of course when buying anything the first question you ask is, how much is this going to cost me? A new HVAC system can be a big investment, but cheaper isn’t always better. If you invest in a high quality system you will see the benefits overtime. The more advanced features that come along with the pricier HVAC systems include energy saving technology. Consider the value over time rather than the initial investment.
  • Size

  • When buying a system you need to take into consideration the size of your home. You want to buy a a HVAC system that is appropriate for the size of your home so you do not waste energy. A unit that is too big will not cool your house properly an a unit that is too small will constantly be running to keep your house cool. Thus, costing you more on your energy bill.
  • Efficiency

  • You want to get the best bang for your buck, so make sure you read the efficiency reviews. An efficient HVAC system will save you money on your bills. For air conditioners, look for high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER).
  • Installation

  • Most HVAC systems will require a licensed technician to install it into your home. You may want to think twice before you take on a do-it-yourself project. You want to make sure it is installed properly to avoid problems in the future. Make sure you get several price estimates before forking over your money!
  • When making a large investment such as this you want to make sure you consider all of the above factors. We know you want to get the most out of your money, but make sure you take everything into consideration before you opt for the cheaper system!

    Many of you have probably heard of the term SEER before, but do you know what it means?  SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.  According to the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, SEER is a measurement of cooling efficiency.  It is the rating of efficiency a unit delivers, by determining the amount of energy needed to produce an overall British Thermal Unit (BTU) of cooling capacity over the course of a cooling season.  SEER ratings typically range from 13 to 23, with the highest numbers indicating the most efficient units that offer the most energy savings.  It’s important to know that the higher the SEER rating, the higher efficiency, resulting in lower operating costs.  On the other hand, the lower the SEER rating, the lower efficiency, resulting in higher operating costs.  Invest in a higher SEER unit today and save a lot in the long run. You won’t be sorry!

    Casteel Heating and Cooling

    A heat pump is a two part system that handles the heating and cooling in your home. There is an air handler that is located inside your home and a unit that is located outside of your home. This is not unlike a central air conditioning system.

    The difference is that a heat pump moves heat as opposed to generating heat. For instance, in the winter, a heat pump “moves” the heat from the outside to the inside. During the summer it does the opposite; it moves the heat from the inside to the outside. It is “pumping” the heat to the place you want it. At Casteel Heating and Cooling, we use Trane heat pumps. They have a SEER rating of up to 19.0 and are among the best value in the industry!

    For more information, you can speak to one of our team members or you can contact us online.