Important Things You Need to Know Before Purchasing A New Air Conditioner

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Important Things You Need to Know Before Purchasing A New Air Conditioner

Purchasing a new air conditioning system is a major decision, not only because it is expensive, but also because it determines whether or not you are comfortable in your own home. Whenever you purchase a new unit, everyone expects to have efficient and smooth air conditioning, but unfortunately, this does not always happen.

More than fifty percent of all new HVAC systems are installed improperly, and that leads to shortened lifespans and reduced efficiency. Comfort problems can also develop, like poor air circulation, airborne pollutants, and high humidity. The day that an air conditioner is installed is the most important day of its life.

No matter where you happen to live, in most homes, air conditioning is an absolute necessity. Even in areas where there is a fairly moderate climate all year long, an A/C unit is a must for both the health and comfort of a household. Air conditioning not only keeps the interior of your home cool, it also helps to keep the air circulating, filters harmful airborne toxins out, and reduces humidity. 

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On average, new units last 15 to 20 years.

That is why it is such an important investment that you should thoroughly research before you make a final decision. Even if your air conditioning system is still working, you may still be able to save money when you replace your unit due to the new unit’s increased energy savings. If your AC system is over 10 years old, then consult with an HVAC professional to figure out if it makes more sense to repair or replace your system.  

There are several important things to consider whenever you are thinking about purchasing a new air conditioning system. Whether you need to buy a new unit or replace an old unit, we have compiled a list of useful tips to help you with your search.

Hire a Professional Contractor 

It is essential to do research to find the best company or contractor to do the job. The installation of your air conditioner determines its efficiency. The best method is also to get recommendations from family members or friends, but you can also use local home service referral sites as well, as long as you check their BBB ratings. Select two to three different contractors at least and then have each of them provide you with a detailed quote. If the contractor will be supplying the unit, get the model and make and make sure they are the right ones to suit your needs. Finally, there are usually certain stipulations that come with most manufacturer warranties, including professional installation and inspection, that a licensed HVAC contractor needs to sign off on. So be sure to thoroughly vet your contractor.

A/C Size

It is absolutely essential to select the right size unit for your house and it is very important to know ahead of time why this is so critical. If a unit is not the right size for your home’s square footage, there are several problems that can arise. A unit that is too small will not be able to cool your home properly. If it is too large, it will frequently cycle on and off – which will waste energy and increase your utility bills. Even when you are replacing an old model, it is important for your contractor to conduct a load calculation on your house. 

Load Calculation

Before purchasing a new A/C unit, you should have a load calculation conducted. This will help to determine the right size air conditioning unit that your house needs. Your HVAC technician will do that by matching the thermal characteristics of your house with cooling capacity (measured in BTUs). The typical calculation will factor in the size of your home, roof material, climate zone, number of appliances, directional orientation, and other relevant information. Check to see if your HVAC contractor also performs energy audits. Often you can get a discount when you combine having both a load calculation and energy audit done at the same time.  

SEER Rating

The efficiency of an air conditioning unit is measured by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. An energy-efficient classification is considered to be 14 to 22. So, look for a model with a minimum 14 rating, but it is best to find one with even higher efficiency.

High-Efficiency Models

Although a high-efficiency air conditioning unit (14+ rating) will cost a little more, it will save energy and money ultimately in the future. Search for the ENERGY STAR label when choosing a new air conditioner since it helps to identify the most efficient units that are available.

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Annual Maintenance

Once your new AC unit has been installed, you also should discuss a maintenance plan with your contractor. Having a yearly tune-up done will help to ensure that your air conditioner runs at its optimum efficiency – and also that your warranty stays valid. Your contractor can help you select the best maintenance program to suit your needs. The majority of professional HVAC companies offer deals on annual A/C maintenance plans.

Off-Season Shopping

The best time to buy a new air conditioning system is during the cooler months since that is when more brands will be on sale and in stock.

It does require some work and time to shop for a new air conditioner but finding the best one will ensure dependable and consistent comfort for your home for many years into the future.

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