Purchasing a new air conditioner is an important decision that requires careful consideration. 5 ton AC units are well-suited for cooling medium to large spaces 2,800 square feet or more. With proper installation and maintenance, a 5 ton AC can provide years of reliable cooling and energy savings. This guide will walk you through the key factors to weigh when selecting the ideal 5 ton central air conditioning unit.
Determine Your Cooling Requirements
The first step is to calculate the cooling needs of the space where the AC unit will be installed. Consider the total square footage, exposure to the sun, number of windows and doors, and your region’s climate. Rooms on the sunny side of a building or with many windows require more cooling power. Use an AC sizing calculator online to determine the appropriate tonnage for your space. Most online calculators recommend a 5 ton AC unit for 3,000 square feet or more. A second system all together maybe needed to provide proper heating and cooling for larger homes that are longer or taller than an average home to help with proper dehumidification.
Consider Efficiency Ratings
Focus your search on ENERGY STAR-certified units with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14 or higher. The SEER rating indicates the relative cooling output you can expect from the AC unit compared to the energy input. A higher SEER translates to greater energy savings, so it pays to invest in the most efficient AC unit you can afford. Additionally, look for the Energy Guide label that estimates cooling costs.
Evaluate Key AC Features
Carefully compare the performance features of different 5 ton AC models. Key aspects to examine include:
- Coil design – Copper tubing and aluminum fins provide maximum heat transfer and durability.
- Compressor type – Scroll compressors run quieter and have a longer lifespan than reciprocating compressors.
- Fan speeds – At least two fan speeds allow you to better control airflow and temperature.
- Modes – Units with auto, sleep, and energy-saver modes provide convenience and efficiency.
- Filtration – A high-quality air filter keeps indoor air clean.
- Warranty – Opt for an AC unit with a 10-year or longer warranty on the compressor.
Proper installation is crucial for your AC unit to operate as designed. Hire a licensed technician for the installation. Ensure the outdoor condenser unit has adequate air flow clearance on all sides and that refrigerant lines are properly connected. The evaporator coils also need to be correctly placed inside the plenum. Getting the coil width/sizing, placement and connections right the first time prevents issues down the road.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Once installed, be diligent about ongoing AC maintenance. Replace filters as needed per the manufacturer’s recommendations, typically every 1-3 months. An annual tune-up by a technician can maximize performance and lifespan. The check-up should include cleaning the condensers, testing for refrigerant leaks, verifying correct pressure levels, and checking other components. Neglecting regular maintenance risks expensive repairs and breakdowns.
The Logan Difference
When you choose Logan A/C & Heat Services for your HVAC needs, you get more than just another installation company. As a family-owned and operated business, we truly care that each customer has an excellent experience. All of our technicians go through extensive in-house training that I oversee, focused on quality installs and top-notch service. Before my team arrives for an install, I make sure they have all required parts so there are no frustrating delays for the customer.
Clear communication is a top priority for us. As an experienced install manager, I personally check off each job on a detailed checklist to ensure everything is done properly. After finishing an install, our technicians provide a thorough walkthrough to customers on operating and troubleshooting their new HVAC system. We take the time to explain warranty information clearly so customers don’t encounter issues down the road.
Giving back to the community is important to us as a company as well. Logan A/C & Heat Services is known for generous donations to local charities and schools, plus providing HVAC assistance to neighbors and friends in need when we can.
When you choose Logan, you’re getting a team that goes beyond the basics to deliver an outstanding customer experience. Our expertise, preparation, and genuine caring is what sets us apart – the “Logan Difference.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What size AC unit do I need?
For 2,800 square feet or more cooling needs, a properly installed 5 ton AC unit is usually sufficient. An HVAC specialist can assess your space and recommend the ideal size. Over or under-sizing will lead to improper temperature regulation and inefficiency.
How much does a 5 ton AC unit cost?
The price for a 5 ton AC unit ranges from $7,000 to $11,500 including professional installation. The exact cost depends on the brand, efficiency rating, features, warranty and regional labor rates.
What is the best AC brand?
Top AC brands known for quality and reliability include Trane, Lennox, Carrier and American Standard. Compare warranties, efficiencies and features among these market leaders. Local availability can also influence brand selection.
Should I repair or replace my old AC?
If your current AC is over 10 years old and no longer cooling effectively, replacement is likely the better investment. Compare the cost of repairs plus any utility bill savings from a newer, more efficient unit. Upgrading also improves comfort.
How often should I replace AC filters?
For optimal performance, replace air filters every 1-3 months according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Using a reusable filter instead of disposable can also reduce waste. Sign up for an annual maintenance check to ensure your AC keeps running cleanly and efficiently.