Forgotten what it feels like to be cool and comfortable in your own home? Then perhaps it’s time for a new or replacement central air conditioning system. But before you start stirring up the iced tea, here’s a guide to help you choose wisely.

There are lots of ways to “keep the cool” around your home.

Sitting on a block of ice, for example. Fast and sure relief, but a little inconvenient…

especially while mowing the lawn. Wait, how about an outdoor swimming pool? Wonderful to have, but not so wonderful when it comes to your home’s resale value. So let’s see now, what does that leave? Hmmm….

Central air conditioning, of course: the ultimate relief-giver in the warm months. And in some cases, a medical necessity for people with allergies and other health-related issues.

So whether you’re thinking new or replacement, here’s a guide to help you get the most system for your money in the shortest amount of time possible. For starters, if you already have central air and/or forced-air heating, a new system can be installed in less than a day with existing ductwork. A lot of that depends on just how well and evenly your ductwork now distributes air throughout your home…that’s something we’ll analyze for you.

You also should consider purchasing a combined, high-efficiency heating and cooling system, especially if your existing furnace or boiler is more than 10 years. You’ll pay a little more for the installation, but you’ll make back the difference -- and more – with increased energy savings. Not to mention a great big boost in your peace of mind.

Just how much cooling system do you need? That depends on several factors, including:

· Approximate square footage

· One or two stories

· When your home was built

· Number of openings (windows and doors)

· Extent of weather-stripping and insulation

When all is said and done, you can expect to purchase an AC system with about one ton (12,000 BTUs) of air conditioning per 1,000 square feet of house.

After determining the tonnage your home requires, it's then a matter of choosing a unit with the appropriate SEER rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. We also work hard to provide you with noise-free and draft-free operation

The number of doors and windows in your home also plays a role in choosing the right size and type of system. The more openings you have, the harder your system will have to work to maintain the desired temperature.

If central air has been on your mind lately, then Team would like to help you get the most system for your money. Give us a call, and we’ll start the estimating process right away.