One of the most expensive purchases you will ever make for your house is an air conditioning unit. Once your AC unit is up and running, it could be a very long time before you replace it and since you’ll be living with it for years to come, you want to choose wisely.
If done correctly, a new air conditioner will result in more comfort year-round. Everything from lower energy bills to better air quality, particularly because of recent improvements in cooling equipment technology and installation procedures.
Here are basic tips to remember during the AC unit buying process:
1. Pick a trusted contractor. Unless you have worked in the HVAC field, you cannot expect to completely understand all the details in air-conditioning; no homeowner can. This creates a situation where you might be taken advantage of, and you need to proceed carefully.
Do pick a contractor based on recommendations from friends or neighbors or a reputable referral network. Check on how long the contractor has been in business. Someone who has been around at least five years has a commitment to the job and can typically be counted on to return if you have problems.
2. Take the contractor’s advice. Researching online or asking others who have purchased air-conditioners is always good. But be cautious about insisting on a specific brand or size of air-conditioner, especially when recommended by someone living in another state.
Once you choose an installer you trust, ask for suggestions. The contractor may know about options that suit your home better than what you had in mind. A good contractor also knows which manufacturers give the best warranty.
3. Buy an AC that fits your home. Make sure your contractor does research about your house, the climate you live in, and the condition and placement of your air ducts. That way, he or she can determine how much air-conditioning you need and whether you need to repair or realign ducts to improve your cooling efficiency.
4.Bigger is not always better with air conditioning. The industry used to recommend installing one ton of refrigeration for every 400 square feet of floor space in your home. But times have changed! Be wary of contractors who recommend increasing tons because of warmer areas in your house. That cannot be solved by increasing the capacity of your air-conditioner. An oversize AC stops and starts more often; that costs more kilowatt hours and could lead to mechanical breakdowns. Oversize air conditioners do not run long enough to dehumidify the air. A smaller unit will run longer and perform more efficiently.
5. Change your entire HVAC system. If you replace just the outside AC unit with a condenser and compressor without replacing the furnace and air handler, you might not be happy with your comfort level or energy bills.
Keep these tips in mind before making a decision on your new air conditioning system. If you need further assistance or have a question please feel from to contact us.