In Phoenix, air conditioning is synonymous with survival. You simply can't bear the brunt of a Valley summer without a working air conditioning system. Of course, with energy costs spiraling upward along with your outdoor thermometer, more and more Phoenix homeowners are looking for new air conditioning units that will reduce their utility bills. As well they should. New model air conditioners are more energy efficient than ever, while providing a more dependable source of home cooling. Here are some of the basics to consider when preparing to install a new air conditioning unit or system.
Phoenix Central Air Conditioning Units
Most Phoenix homeowners can't imagine trying to get along with nothing more than window or wall units. Indeed, for the long-term, high-capacity air conditioning that is required in the Valley, central air is the way to go. Whether you're installing initial air conditioning or replacing an older unit, you're going to be surprised at the number of options you have.
For sheer performance, the Seasonal Efficiency Energy Rating (SEER) is the primary measurement you'll want to look at. The higher the number, the better, and you should be looking at units with a rating of 10 or higher. Something in the 14 to 16 range will offer unmatched cooling capacity, better energy efficiency, and is typically accompanied with a longer warranty. Of course, the size of your home will also play a significant role in the desired cooling capacity of the unit you select.
Phoenix Air Conditioning Contractors
Though you may be looking at air conditioning units, it's easy to underestimate the importance of your Phoenix air conditioning contractor. Sure, homeowners know they need to find somebody they can trust to do the job right at a reasonable cost. Many homeowners, however, fail to fully utilize their local contractors as a resource. Besides the fact that these contractors are usually well-versed in the advantages and disadvantages of different units, they also have the local knowledge of how these units perform in Phoenix. Naturally, the right air conditioner for an L.A. home may not be the right unit for you. When looking at different nationwide manufacturers, you're unlikely to find this type of specific and valuable knowledge.
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Phoenix Air Conditioning Duct Systems
Dependable, energy-efficient air conditioning is just as much as about delivery as it is actually cooling the air. Old-fashioned ducts are tedious, space-clogging, require periodic cleaning and may still adversely affect your indoor air quality. This last quality of older ducts systems is particularly important as the need for energy-efficiency has decreased ventilation in homes. On average, the quality of air inside homes has now degraded past the polluted outdoor air of urban cities. Naturally, few homeowners find it cost effective to replace an otherwise operable duct system, but for new construction and new central air installation these systems are becoming more and more popular.
Cost of Phoenix Air Conditioning
Naturally, the air conditioning unit you choose will comprise the majority of your air conditioning installation. Different needs dictate different overall cost estimates. The overall average cost for Phoenix air conditioning systems is about $6,000. Recently, we've seen Phoenix projects come in as low as $4,000 or as high as $10,000. If you need a new duct system, the average here is about $1,500, but duct systems can have an even wider range, depending on the nature and scope of the job.