With summer getting closer and closer, you may be thinking about buying a new air conditioner. There are so many things to think about when you’re making such a large purchase, and you really want to make sure you’re making a good decision about the unit you’re buying. Here are the three most important things you need to consider when buying a new air conditioner.
Don’t Buy a Too-big or Too-small Unit
Most people know that air conditioners are different sizes based on the amount of space they can cool without being overworked. You want to ensure that your new air conditioner can sufficiently cool your entire house without costing you an arm and a leg, but you also want to be sure that it’s not too big of a unit for your home. That will result in your spending too much money on the unit upfront without being able to utilize the full power of the air conditioner.
Additionally, as most AC repair and installation companies know, the unit’s size should not be based solely on the square footage of your home. An experienced and professional AC expert will spend time exploring your home, looking at various different aspects and asking you questions. The AC installation professional should check out your insulation, windows and doors, sizes of each room, typical outdoor temperatures, number of people living in the house, and more. All of these things contribute to the cooling load that the air conditioner will have to endure, so having a thorough idea of what the house is like and what kind of energy the air conditioner needs to be capable of is incredibly important.
Buy a Model That Is Energy Efficient
This should go without saying, but you need to pay close attention to the energy efficiency of the air conditioners that you look at. New units have to have a SEER of 13 or higher, but most air conditioning experts suggest that you buy one with a higher SEER value. Don’t be tempted by the lower prices—remember that your family’s comfort and your bank account depends on the efficiency of your new air conditioner. Keep in mind that spending a little more upfront will often save you significantly more money in the long term when you factor in the cost of running the air conditioner. Also keep in mind that you may need to replace more than just the basic unit to attain maximum efficiency. Sometimes additional parts from your old unit will still work properly, but to get the most energy efficient unit, you should replace all of the associated parts with newer, energy efficient ones.
Make Sure the Unit Is Installed Properly
Even though you may not know a lot about AC installation, you can likely spot the differences between a good and bad AC company. Again, don’t be tempted by the lowest cost. Ensure that you’re making a good hiring decision because your AC installation is absolutely vital to the successful performance of your new unit. The AC installation experts at Comfort Experts are ready to take on your installation project, and we are here to help you every step of the way, from picking out a new air conditioner to scheduling AC maintenance for years to come!