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What to Consider When Choosing a New AC

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The summer heat and humidity can be oppressive, especially if your AC isn’t working like it used to. Even after replacing the filter, your AC could not be running efficiently and hiking up your electricity bill without cooling you off. It may be time to replace your AC. Instead of jumping into the decision and buying any AC, take some time to do some research to find out what AC is suitable for you and your residence. Here are some tips to consider when choosing a new AC.

Home Comfort

One of the most important things to consider is your needs. You’ll want to consider how a system will affect your home's temperature and air quality. Some questions to consider:

  • Do you need to change the HVAC for your whole home or just a room?
  • Do you use your AC daily or prefer only at specific temperatures?
  • Do you want a smart thermostat to measure your home’s temperature accurately?
  • Are allergies a concern you must address in your indoor air quality?
  • Do you want a central system or mini-splits?

Researching the specific effects of new systems can help you weigh which AC system will fit your needs.


Especially with rising energy costs, you will want a unit with maximum energy efficiency. Each unit will have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) highlighting how the unit will ensure optimal energy savings. Experts suggest purchasing a system with a SEER of 15 or higher.


Each unit has a specific capacity that outlines how well it can cool a room. Measured by British Thermal Units (BTU), your system will effectively cool your space only so far. The higher the BTU, the greater the capacity of your system. You don’t want to install a low BTU system for a large room. Measure your space and find the right capacity for your space.

Cost of Maintenance

No matter how old or new your system is, regular maintenance is important to ensure your system is running efficiently. Consider the long-term costs of maintenance associated with your new system so that you have a cost-effective and energy-efficient system.


Price is important to consider when installing a new system. Don’t sacrifice comfort for a low price. You’ll want to find the best option for your home that saves money in the long run with energy efficiency and keeps you comfortable all year round.

Contact Cooling Specialists

At Bayside Comfort, we have decades of experience helping residents of Ottawa, Erie, and Huron counties stay cool in the summer. Our dedicated team can hello you replace and install new AC units that are energy efficient and fit your and your family’s needs. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Contact us today at (419) 737-4524 so you can stay cool all summer long!

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