What type of air conditioner should I buy?

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that Vancouver summers are more tolerable when you’ve got air conditioning. We all know that feeling of stepping out of a hot day into an air conditioned home — instant relief and comfort.

Not to mention what a good night sleep can do! Instead of tossing and turning in a bedroom that nature has converted into an oven, you’re rested and ready to take on the day.

Air conditioners do more than cool the home. They can provide amazing benefits to people who suffer from allergies, asthma and chronic sleep deprivation. A properly installed and maintained system renews and improves air quality, maintains a proper humidity level and reduces bodily stress.

If you own your own home in the Lower Mainland, have a forced-air furnace and existing ductwork, in many cases you already have the infrastructure in place to add on an air conditioner.

Gandy Installations offer seven different models of air conditioners — starting from a builder grade 13 SEER mode — all the way to a variable capacity 25 SEER model. SEER is an efficiency rating for air conditioners.

The noise level of the air conditioner typically gets lesser as the model numbers get higher. For example, a low-end 13 SEER air conditioner may operate as high as 75 db or higher, where as a 25 SEER model may operate as low as 59 db.

There are single stage air conditioners, and two-stage air conditioners, which are more energy efficient, and finally variable capacity air conditioners which operate at an even higher efficiency.

A single stage compressor turns on when indoor temperatures exceed the temperature setting on your thermostat. For example, if you set the thermostat to 75 degrees, the air conditioner will run any time the indoor temperatures hit 76 degrees. After the AC cools the house back to 75 degrees, it will turn off again.

Single stage compressors always operate at 100% capacity. They turn themselves on and off continuously throughout the day. Two stage air conditioners operate at a more efficient, lower capacity most of the time, and only operate at full capacity when the demand is much higher (saving you money!).

A simple way to look at it is this:  single stage compressors blast your home with cold air and turn themselves off when the desired temperature is reached.

Variable speed compressors blow a smooth, steady stream of cold air into your home to maintain the desired indoor temperature,  and humidity, rarely turning themselves off.

The variable capacity units actually adjust the cooling outputs in 1% increments. One of the variable capacity units that Gandy offers  — the XC25 — is the most precise and efficient air conditioner on the market (however depending on your budget, you may be more comfortable with a mid-level unit).

Their most popular models are the EL16XC (16 SEER) or the SL18XC (18 SEER).

In the end, things to consider are your budget, what you are looking for in terms of comfort, efficiency, and noise levels.

For over 60 years and three generations, Gandy Installations has been proudly serving the Fraser Valley area for their residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning needs. They stake their reputation on the thousands of happy customers who trust the folks at Gandy to put their family’s comfort first.

Remember — we’re here for you literally 24 hrs — 365 days a year. If you have any questions about how your home can be cool and comfortable this summer, or any home comfort related question, give the friendly folks at Gandy a call at 604-543-5555 or contact us at our website, gandyinstallations.net