When summer approaches, it’s natural to wonder if it’s time to replace your aging air conditioning system. There are plenty of things to consider, and you really want to be sure you’re making the best decision. Here are three things you need to think about if you feel it’s time to replace your system.
Don’t Buy a Unit That’s Too Big or Too Small
You’re probably aware that air conditioners are sized based on the amount of space they can cool without being overworked. With that knowledge, you want to be sure you’re getting a system that is the right size for your home. The wrong size will end up costing you in more ways than the price of the unit and its installation. One important factor to keep in mind is that figuring out the right size for your unit is more than just looking at the amount of square feet in your home. When you invite someone to your home to discuss replacing your system, that person should consider a number of very important factors. What sort of insulation do you have? How many windows and outside you have? What are the sizes of the rooms in your home? What sort of air duct system do you have? Where does the summer sun hit your home the most? What temperatures do you like in the home? How many people live in your home? All this information along with some very precise mathematical calculations result in determining just what size air conditioner you need. If anyone tells you their “experience” tells them exactly what you need based on the size of your home alone, be careful. If you’re asked if your existing system is meeting your needs, and you tell them it isn’t, they may say, “Well, let’s just put in the next larger size.” While that may be ultimately what happens, you want the assurance you’re getting the right answer, not just an off-the-cuff guess.
Buy a Model That Is Energy Efficient
Energy efficiency means an air conditioning system uses energy without wasting it. You need to give careful consideration to the energy efficiency of any system you’re thinking about installing. New air conditioning systems must have at least a SEER rating of 13, but most experts recommend buying one with a higher rating for obvious reasons. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. Avoid the temptation to go with lower prices. Remember, your family’s comfort and your back account depends upon the efficiency of the unit you buy. Spending a little more up-front may save you much more in the long term. Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes the best results may depend upon ensuring the rest of your system operates effectively.
Make Sure The Unit Is Installed Properly
You don’t have to be an expert in air conditioning to be able to spot the differences between a good AC company and a bad one. Don’t be tempted by the lowest cost. Since the effectiveness of the system you’re installing is critical to your family’s comfort and the on-going costs of operation, the successful installation of the best system for your home is essential. The AC professionals at Comfort Experts are always ready to answer your questions and help you every step of the way.