Air conditioning systems are not a simple purchase. It is an investment in your future comfort. It is important to understand all that is involved with new air conditioner installation. Choosing the right central air conditioning unit to replace your current air conditioner can be confusing and downright intimidating. That’s why it is important to find an expert air conditioning contractor to guide you through the process and make sure that you get the right air conditioner for your home or business, at the best price Guaranteed!

At RW Heating & Air, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality air conditioning installation available combined with superior customer service that other local air conditioning contractors can’t match.

Give us a call today if you are looking to replace that old unit that has stopped working as it should with a new energy-efficient cooling system. RW’s overall goal for your family is to help improve your comfort of life!


A complete air conditioning replacement is an expensive investment. However, at RW Heating & Air Plumbing & Electrical you can expect to receive the absolute best pricing on new air conditioner installation. In fact, if you receive a lower price from one of our competitors, we will beat their price on comparable equipment, guaranteed. If an affordable central air conditioner and outstanding customer service are important to you, look no further than RW Heating & Air Plumbing & Electrical for all of your new air conditioner installation needs.

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You have options when it comes to a new AC system for your home in Memphis. The right choice can depend on the size of your home as well as your architecture and if you have an AC unit currently installed. RW Heating & Air Plumbing & Electrical can install the following types of AC systems:

  • Central Air Conditioning Services – These popular AC units cool your home by pumping cool air through ducts in your home’s walls. Learn more about which seer is right for your home.
  • Heat Pumps – This option removes the heat from the hot outside air and creates a flow of cool air inside.
  • Mini-Split or Ductless Air Conditioners – If you can’t have or don’t want ductwork in your home, a mini-split system is a good choice because it uses thin copper tubing.


Most air conditioners should be replaced every 15 to 20 years. The following are signs that you should contact us for an AC inspection and consider replacing the unit:

  • Frequent Repairs – Your air conditioner should not require more than two repairs in any given season. You’re likely spending more on repairs over time than you would on a replacement.
  • Rising Cooling Bills – If you notice your cooling bills creeping up on you, you likely need a new AC unit.
  • Not Feeling Cool Enough – If it seems like your AC system keeps running but cannot keep your home cool enough, it may be time to replace it. Changing your filters could solve your problem as well.
  • Low Air Quality – Your AC unit may be to blame if you’ve noticed a decline in the air quality in your home.

Here in the Midsouth, the summers are long, hot, and humid. So when you’re purchasing a new HVAC unit for your home, you’ll want to pay particular attention to its cooling efficiency and capability. But you also want to make sure that you’re making a good investment, not wasting any of your hard-earned dollars on something that won’t pay off in the long run. These concerns lead to the same question for many homeowners: Should I purchase a 14 SEER unit or step up to a 16 SEER unit instead?

Before we get to comparing 14 SEER and 16 SEER units, let’s talk for a second about what SEER means. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating of an HVAC unit is determined by dividing the total amount of cooling it produces in a season by the total amount of electricity needed for that cooling. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the unit is.

Today, the federal government mandates that all new air conditioners must be at least 14 SEER, making that the current baseline for energy efficiency. However, that doesn’t mean that 14 SEER units aren’t energy efficient. In fact, today’s basic 14 SEER unit is about 20-30% more energy-efficient than average HVAC units sold fifteen years ago.

In other words, if you’re replacing an older, less-efficient HVAC, you could see a significant decrease in your energy bills with a 14 SEER unit. But it is possible to see even bigger reductions if you go with an even more efficient unit.

So how much difference is there between the efficiency of a 14 SEER unit and the efficiency of a 16 SEER unit? According to the Kobie SEER Energy Savings Calculator, a 16 SEER unit uses about 13% less energy to produce the same cooling as a 14 SEER unit of the same size. That means that for every $100 you’d pay to run your 14 SEER unit, you could save $13 by upgrading to a 16 SEER unit.

How much savings that adds up to in actual dollars depends on several factors.

What size unit does your home need? A 3-ton HVAC unit uses less energy than a 5-ton unit, so the amount of money you could potentially save on your monthly bills will be greater with a larger unit. However, the cost of upgrading to a 16 SEER may be more with a larger unit as well.
How much cooling do you use each year? Households in hotter climates and those that keep their thermostats set lower will use more cooling. The more cooling you use, the more money you could save every month by upgrading to a 16 SEER unit. Here in the Midsouth, this is certainly a factor worth considering.

In addition to the potential energy savings, there are other common differences in features between 14 SEER and 16 SEER units. However, these features vary depending on the specific model, so check out the details of the units you’re deciding between.

  • One difference that you may find between 14 SEER and 16 SEER units is that the 14 SEER units generally have a single-stage compressor while the 16 SEER units often have a two-stage compressor.
  • Having a two-stage compressor allows the higher SEER unit to adapt to the conditions in your home, while a single-stage compressor either has to run at full speed or shut off completely.
  • Not only does the two-stage compressor make your HVAC unit more energy-efficient, but it also allows for longer run times. That keeps the temperature in your home more consistent, improving your comfort.
  • Longer run times also have the major benefit of better-reducing humidity in your home. Reduced humidity in the summer months will make you more comfortable and help to protect your home from mold and moisture damage.
  • In addition to the two-stage compressor, some 16 SEER units also have two-speed condensing fans and blower motors. Having two-speed fans adds to the benefits of the two-stage compressor.
  • These units are often quieter than units with single-stage compressors and single-speed fans because the compressors and fans don’t make as much noise when they’re running at a slower speed.


Ultimately, there are many factors to consider when choosing a new HVAC unit for your home. The purchase price is certainly the first and foremost one for many homeowners and for a good reason! But make sure you consider other factors as well, including your long-term energy bills and comfort. Talk to your factory-authorized dealer RW Heating & Air Plumbing & Electrical, about your needs and concerns so they can help you make the best choice for you and your home.