What Should Buyers Look For In Cooling System?

by Editor on May 7, 2013

Girl holding a remote control air conditioner

Depending on where you live, a good cooling system can either be a luxury or a necessity. Either way, it’s important to get a cooling system that is efficient, cost-effective and high quality. Trying to shop for a cooling system can seem like a complicated task, but it can be made easier as long as you keep a few key aspects in mind while shopping.

What Type of Unit Do You Need?

The three basic types of air conditioner are central, window and free standing air conditioners. Central air conditioners are installed within the building and use the ducts to cool and circulate air throughout the entire building. Window air conditioners are installed in the window of a room. They intake the warm air from the inside of the room, expel it through the vents that lead outside and expel cool air back into the room. Free standing air conditioners are units that are simply placed within a room. They have exhaust pipes to expel the hot air outside and a water tank to hold the water collected from humidity.

Central air conditioners are usually purchased for large houses and buildings. On the other hand, window air conditioners are better for smaller houses and moderately sized apartments. Finally, free standing units are usually most effective in small houses and apartments. You will need to decide which is best for your home before shopping for a cooling unit.

Price Range

Depending on the type and model, an air conditioner can cost as little as $100 or over $10,000. You will need to be mindful of the prices while shopping to ensure that you not only purchase a quality cooling system, but that you also get one that is affordable.

If you intend on purchasing a central air cooling system, you will also need to take the installation fee into account. A professional air conditioning service can be hired to install the cooling system for you. Installing a central air system requires a lot of technical knowledge and strength, so it’s best to hire a professional air conditioning service for your installation instead of trying to do it yourself.

SEER Rating

An important marking to look for when shopping for cooling systems is the SEER rating. The SEER rating is the rating given to air conditioning units by Energy Star that measures how efficient the unit is. This is determined by measuring how much electricity the device requires to run at full power. Lower amounts of electricity earn higher ratings. By law, all air conditioners must have a SEER rating of 13 to be sold.

Energy Star Certification

Looking out for the Energy Star label may allow you to earn tax credits. Depending on the type of cooling system, a SEER rating of 14 to 16 is the minimum for qualifying for Energy Star’s tax credit program.


Size is  also an important factor to consider when shopping for an air conditioner. You’ll need a unit that is small enough to fit in your windows or room while also being effective at cooling the entire room. Take measurements of your room and consult a professional to see what would be best for the room.

As long as you keep these important aspects in mind as you shop, you will be able to find an efficient, affordable and high quality cooling system for your home.

About the Author

Henry John is a home improvement blogger and suggests Cool Zone Air Conditioning Service for anyone in the London, Ontario area looking for a quality cooling system.

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