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How to Choose the Right Air Conditioner for Your Home

All air conditioners were not created equal; so how do you pick the right one for your home? Each home has unique needs that should be addressed by the cooling system you choose. An air conditioning system is a significant investment, so you want to do it right.

If you are looking to install or replace your air conditioner, you’ve come to the right place! Signature HVAC is the residential expert in all things AC in West Chester. Contact us today online or by phone at 484-401-7890 to get started!

Here are some important factors for your consideration when installing or replacing an air conditioning system:

Sizing

Few people know that an air conditioner can be too big OR too small for a home. Units that are too small will not be able to adequately cool a house, while units that are too large are likely to cycle on and off and not balance the air’s humidity. The size you need will depend on your home’s insulation, the climate where you live, and the way you use your AC (what temperatures you prefer and how often you have it on high power).

A helpful figure to determine what capacity AC you need is that for every 400 square feet of living space, you need about one ton of cooling capacity. However, if your house is well-insulated, you will be able to use a smaller system just as effectively.

Efficiency

Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important as energy costs rise and HVAC manufacturers become more environmentally conscious. A unit’s efficiency is measured by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. This is a standard created by the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a minimum rating for all air conditioners. Current models must have a rating of at least 13, with the highest being 21. Most high-efficiency units are rated 15-17.

Some energy-saving features in high-SEER units include high temperature rating (an efficient cooling capacity when the weather is hottest), a fan-only option for natural cooling, and a filter indicator light to promote regular maintenance. Programmable thermostats are also a great way to maintain control and efficiency over your system.

Warranties

Warranties vary by manufacturer, so it is important to understand a unit’s terms before investing in it. For example, some companies offer a “Limited Lifetime Warranty” that covers the unit’s compressor for as long as you own the house. Others cover authorized labor for a certain period of time. If you are planning on moving within a certain period of time, some units will be better suited to you than others.

Air Conditioning Installation in West Chester, PA

If you are looking to install or replace your air conditioner, Signature HVAC is the team to call. We have years of experience serving Chester County and keeping homes cool all throughout the Pennsylvania summer.

If you are located in Chester County, Delaware County, or Montgomery County, give us a call at (484) 401-7890 or contact us online to schedule your installation today!

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"I highly recommend Signature for HVAC service. The entires experience with Signature has been exceptional. The process was very customer focused starting from Scott McHale's engagement to organize the project to replace our old A/C, to an professional job John & Matt had done in installation, and Bob Seeger'r post installation service to troubleshoot the air flow damper, great job."

-Hosum Li

"Very confidant! Our technician Bob Seegar was great."

-Debbie Kaba

"Joe has been servicing our geothermal from Signature since the initial instalation. He is by far the best. When they call to schedule our bi yearly maintenance they know to send Joe. Not only is great at his job he has become a friend. Thanks Joe!!!"

-jim paolella

"I would highly recommend Signature for all HVAC needs."

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"Bob Seeger was our technician this time around. His level of professionalism was exceptional - it really stood out! Overall we are very happy that we switched to Signature several years ago!"

-Mark Kenney

"The Signature techs who come out to our house are always top-notch professionals. Very courteous, careful, and thorough. They always provide great explanations of the work that they are doing. I never feel like I am being pressured into unnecessary work or equipment replacement (like I used to feel with Service Experts). Today, Wade was the tech who came out. He was here exactly on time at 8am, and was done within an hour. Great work and another great service experience from Signature! Update 9/27/2016 - Today Bob Seeger came out to service our system in preparation for the winter. I was extremely impressed by his professionalism and courtesy. Before he started, we sat down and he clearly explained what he would be doing as part of the maintenance, and we agreed upon the need to replace the filter on the main unit, and also to perform humidifier maintenance as part of the work. After the work was complete he made recommendations for overall system enhancements that we should consider. Signature really has top-notch people working for them, and I continue to be extremely happy that we switched over to them several years ago."

-Mark Kenney

"Bob Seeger was our person to service our furnace and water heater. He showed me a problem with our water heater that could have been a major problem. He was very honest, great and so efficient! He fixed the problem. I am kind of hoping he will be the one to work with in the spring."

-Debbie Kaba

"Always feel confident with the work performed by Danny from Signature."

-William Stolting

"Bob was quite knowledgeable of the type of geothermal system that I have in my house. Before completing the annual maintenance/tune-up that I had requested, he asked relevant questions about my geothermal system (e.g., date of installation, last service, temperature preference, electric usage, etc.). After inspecting and servicing my system, Bob explain service that my system needed now and recommendations that would benefit my system. He explained the options in a non-pressured approach, as well as, the benefit in joining Signature HVAC's service plan which was helpful. Throughout the service visit, Bob was courteous, friendly and respectful. My wife and I were very satisfied and we plan to continue to use Signature HVAC in the future."

-John Schmitt

"Bob did an excellent job. He showed up on time, was courteous, and respectful. I recommend using Bob S from Signature Heating and Air-conditioning."

-Dennis Carlson

"Great service as always. Always prompt and knowledgeable."

-Adam Lusk

"Bob was very professional and informative on the heating & air condition job at my house. He is a very nice and caring person! Thank you!"

-Colleen Esgro

"Your whole team is outstanding."

-John price

"Daniel Cross (Signature) completed a thorough and quick fall service on my heating systems. What I liked best about Danny is that he spoke to me as a knowledgeable customer rather than treating me like a clueless homeowner. So refreshing to be treated with respect by an HVAC provider! He had an opportunity to "upsell" me on a service, but was honest and told me that it wasn't valuable in my situation. I would certainly trust him to service my equipment again, and would definitely recommend him to a friend."

-Susan Wentz

"Thanks again for walking me through the process and pointing out what was going on in my system. Mold be gone! Professional and friendly service. Thanks for your help."

-Mia Bosna

"Travis is another courteous, fine professional working for you!"

-John price

"We have a by-annual cleaning/tune-up contract with Signature for care and maintenance of our heater/air conditioning units. We have found this company to be excellent in their service and their very knowledgeable , friendly technicians. We highly recommend ."

-Ric DeAngelis

"We are very pleased with Signature and their very knowledgeable Technicians. We will be continuing our By-Annual service/tune-up with them...."

-Ric DeAngelis

"I have used Signature for about 10 years now. They provide excellent service. Bob Seeger was my most recent technician and he was on time, polite, informative, and technically proficient. I highly recommend signature for your HVAC needs. I have geothermal, and they are excellent at this technology."

-Charlie Phillips

"Mike B came out for the biannual check of the upstairs system--we had replaced the downstairs system in June---we are very satisfied. Mike was thorough, very professional, answered all my (sometimes inane) questions and kept the house clean. Good job Mike and thanks."

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