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With temperatures rising across the country, homeowners everywhere are starting to think about their home cooling systems. If you are in need of a new air conditioner, you should start the buying process now before it gets too hot. Don’t go unprepared – read this list of factors you should consider when shopping for a new air conditioner.

Window unit or central air

The biggest consideration you will have to make when shopping for a new air conditioner is whether you want to purchase a window unit or a central air system. Window units are obviously cheaper, but you will need to put one of them in every room to keep cool. On the other hand, central air installations cost a pretty penny, but can cool your entire home and most units also double as an air filter and dehumidifier.

Cooling capacity

Air conditioners are sized according to BTUs, which determine how quickly and effectively the unit can cool an area. BTU ratings can range anywhere from 5,000 to over 20,000 – it is important to find the one properly sized for your room (for a window unit) or home (for central air). Factors that impact required BTUs include square footage, ceiling height, insulation, climate, and more.


The energy efficiency rating of your air conditioner will determine how much you have to pay every month for the rest of its lifespan. Energy Star models may cost a little more upfront, but they can quickly pay for themselves with the energy savings they provide.

Extended warranties

Air conditioners are not cheap, make sure your investment is protected in the form of a warranty. Many manufacturers and retailers offer extended warranties for an extra charge; it may be worth considering so that you aren’t on your own if your unit breaks down prematurely.

If you live in Pueblo, Colorado, trust Patterson Heating & Cooling this summer for all of your air conditioning needs. We offer cooling system installations, repairs, and tune ups to the entire Pueblo County area. Contact us online or call (719) 544-4922 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.

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