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Choosing the Right AC: More Information
April, 2017
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Here are some ideas for how to find a qualified HVAC contractor:

https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_contractors_10tips

Here are 3 tips for hiring an HVAC contractor

https://www.hvac.com/blog/hvac-qa-how-do-i-choose-the-right-hvac-contractor

 

Understanding central AC: general

http://energy.gov/energysaver/central-air-conditioning

http://www.consumersearch.com/central-air-conditioners/types-of-air-conditioners

 

Understanding central AC: Split system vs packaged

https://asm-air.com/airconditioning/what-is-a-split-air-conditioner/

 

Understanding AC: heat pumps

https://energy.gov/energysaver/heat-pump-systems

 

Understanding AC: mini-split heat pumps

https://energy.gov/energysaver/ductless-mini-split-heat-pumps

 

Here is an explanation of why it’s important to size your AC system correctly:

http://www.energyvanguard.com/blog-building-science-HERS-BPI/bid/55157/Why-an-Oversized-Air-Conditioner-Is-a-Bad-Idea

 

How to minimize loss through your air ducts

https://energy.gov/energysaver/minimizing-energy-losses-ducts

Energy auditor Buddy DeLozier checks out a new AC unit for a co-op member in South Carolina.  Photo Credit: The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina.