What To Know Before Buying An Air Conditioner
Purchasing a new air conditioner is a big decision. Not only are they expensive, but they determine whether your home remains cool and comfortable when you need it to. You may not give thought to how your AC unit is working until it breaks down. As an essential element in creating a comfortable home environment, you’ll need to stay on top of maintenance and repair to ensure that you don’t get caught in a steamy situation.
When it’s time to replace
When it's time to replace your air conditioner, you’ll need to know a few things about purchasing a new unit that fits your budget, your space, and your cooling needs. With the average life expectancy for an AC unit being around 15-20 years, you’ll be making a significant investment in your home’s energy efficiency. Consider the following as you make this necessary purchase:
Research and choose an HVAC technician to complete the work. Your air conditioner’s efficiency is impacted by its installation; choosing a qualified, professional HVAC technician will ensure that the job is done well. Ask your family and friends for referrals, look at sites like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau, and make calls regarding quotes and certification that give you peace of mind that your installation will go as planned.
Do your homework if buying online. While many contractors and HVAC technicians have recommendations and endorsements on certain unit brands, you also have the option of purchasing a unit in-store or online on your own. Be aware--you must do a little homework when choosing the right size unit and adequate cooling capability for your home. Look at efficiency ratings, assess your size needs, and determine your budget for this purchase; the more you know, the less likely you’ll get into something that doesn’t meet your needs. When in doubt, consider the advice of a trusted contractor when making the call.
Perform a load calculation. Performing a load calculation is essential when buying a new AC unit. A load calculation will determine your home’s square footage and how much power you require from a unit. A qualified HVAC technician will take the following into consideration when determining this essential measurement:
The size of your home
The climate zone in which you live
Your roof’s composition
Number of appliances
Floor plan of your home
Search for the right SEER. Your new air conditioner should be in compliance with energy efficiency guidelines. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio should be between 14 and 22 for your new unit, as this will help to reduce cooling costs and improve efficiency no matter what the season. Choosing a high-efficiency air conditioner may cost a bit more initially, but the money you will save on keeping a comfortable home will be evident upon installation.
Prioritize a regular maintenance schedule. The most common reason air conditioners fail to last their intended life cycle is that we fail to maintain them properly. Having an annual tune-up, maintenance check, and regular repairs performed will not only ensure that your unit works better, but that it lasts for years, providing you cooling comfort year-round.
Shop in the off-season. Air conditioning units are expensive; finding ways to save a few dollars when purchasing shouldn’t mean compromising size or efficiency. If you can plan your purchase a few months ahead, consider shopping in the off-season when demand is not as high. Prices will be lower, and you may be able to take advantage of energy-saving rebates for installing in fall or winter.
Ready for your new unit? Give us a call!
Tropic-Air Conditioning has your cool comfort prioritized, no matter what the season. Whether your issue is a tune-up, repair, or complete replacement, we have your needs covered. Let our knowledgeable technicians provide information and equipment options that make your replacement and installation nearly effortless. Contact us today for a cooler, comfortable home. Visit https://www.tropicairfl.com/ for more information.