Choosing A Central Air Conditioning For Your Desert Home

by Connor Pena

People know that with the summer season also comes warmer temperatures. However, if you live in the desert, warm weather comes along during every season. For this reason, it's essential to have a central air conditioning unit that is heavy-duty, energy efficient, and most important, dependable.

SEER Rating

In the desert, it's not unheard of to experience air conditioning prompting temperatures in December or even February. If you don't want to blow your budget on cooling costs each month, make sure you research the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, rating of any unit you're considering. On the surface, the higher the number, the more efficient it is. However, SEER is about more than just the highest rating, as the design of your home and its location are also factors. 

Cooling Capacity

All central units are designed to cool a specific amount of space, which can be referred to as its cooling capacity. However, the more technical term is BTUs or British Thermal Units. The cooling capacity of the unit must be sized according to the size of your home. This calculation is formed by adding up the total square footage of your home and dividing the figure by 12,000. The result of the equation is the BTU range for which your unit should fall in. 

Service Plan Options

Again, operating an air conditioning unit in the desert can mean near continual use. Yes, unit manufacturers put in a great deal of effort to design reliable and dependable units, but it's important to understand that mishaps can and do occur. However, you can save yourself a great deal of stress by selecting a unit that comes equipped with a service plan option so that you can ensure you have regular maintenance performed on the unit, which is key to detecting and correcting any malfunctions. 


Choose a unit that can fit in the right location around your home. If possible, you want to install the outdoor portion of the central air conditioning unit on the side of your home that has the least amount of sun exposure. Installing the unit in an area with intense, prolonged sun exposure can lead to material degrading and other malfunctions over time. If there is no escaping the sun, consider installing a small barrier, such as a stone wall near the unit.

Whether you're new to the desert or you lived in the climate your entire life, it's a good idea to speak with an air condition installation professional to ensure you choose the right unit for your home.