4 Must-Know Tips You Should Know Before Buying A Central Air Conditioning System
Before we delve deeper into the subject of how to choose the best AC for your home in a few simple steps, let’s take a look at some basic costs and information that you need to be aware of.
First of all, you have to make sure that your home has a furnace or an air handler with ductwork.
Depending on the size of the home and the size of the unit, installing an AC can cost up to $6000 and we've seen lower and higher cases.
There are also some ductless systems (if you don’t have ductwork in your home) and we recommend that you call a professional air conditioning company near you and look into your options.
Now that we have covered the basic information, let’s look into the most important steps when getting a new AC system.
AC Tip 1: Check Size Of AC
The first thing you need to check is the size of the AC.
When you are thinking about installing a new AC system in the home, the first thing to take into consideration is the size of the home.
This is something you have to check because the size of the home and the size of the AC will determine your energy bills.
Some of the sub-points you need to consider are how old your home is, airflow, type, and age of the insulation, window size, and numbers, the construction materials used in the making of the home and how much sun does the home get and where.
The factors of trees and shade can also affect the situation a lot, so even if there are two identical houses, you need to look into the surroundings too and determine the type and size of the AC you need.
You can measure the size of your home and check the capacity of several ACs to find the size that would be just right for you.
If you are not sure of how to do this, then we encourage you to call up a professional and talk to them, they will be able to assist you.
What if you buy the wrong size of AC?
If you manage to buy an AC that is too large or too small for your home, the first thing you will deal with is the lifespan of the AC, increased energy bills, and discomfort in your own home.
The smaller AC will work harder to achieve the desired temperature, and the larger AC unit will turn off automatically more often, which will lead to constant breakdowns.
AC Tip 2: Choose The Type Of AC
There are several types of ACs to consider in your search for the perfect one for your home, so let’s take a look at them.
These types of ACs are usually either working or not working.
They are a great first choice, but if you are looking for a highly efficient one, then this might not be the best option for you.
Most people usually lean towards buying a dual-stage AC because it offers more options.
Before installing it, you might need to check if your thermostat and furnace or air handler are compatible with this option.
This is considered to be a step up from the single-stage air conditioners but cost less than a multiple-speed air conditioner.
If you are looking to make an upgrade, this is usually the perfect solution that most people turn to.
These types of ACs can adjust during the day or night to achieve the temperature you want.
If you want this type of AC, then you would have to have a system that matches it.
This type of variable air conditioner will allow you to choose from multiple options when it comes to temperature, but it is also the costliest option.
AC Tip 3: Learn Energy-Efficient Ratings
The equipment that is needed for an energy-efficient air conditioner unit can cost you a bit more at the beginning, but if you are looking to create some long-term results, this can assist you in many ways.
It'll help you save energy while reducing lower monthly bills.
If you are not sure how the energy efficiency works, make sure to try to find the balance so you can get the most out of your AC.
There is something called a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and they use different temperatures in order to check the efficiency of the air conditioning system.
Some of the air conditioners use EER instead of SEER, which is very similar, only in this case the efficiency of the air conditioner is calculated through the steady outdoor temperature.
Your home will be a more comfortable place to live if your air conditioner and the equipment have higher SEER and EER ratings.
Of course, there is always a personal preference that has to be taken into consideration as well.
AC Tip 4: Finding The Right AC Installation Company
The final step towards getting that AC in your home is choosing an air conditioner service provider.
This is considered to be a crucial step in your process of making improvements in your home when it comes to controlling the temperature.
Make note that your AC installer needs to be familiar with the HVAC systems and have proper knowledge and experience on the subject.
This is required to avoid making professional slips while installing and maintaining your AC but also because your provider will be your contact point for any questions that you need answering and will be the one that will guide you through the process of installing and maintaining the optimal level of your AC.
Before going into business with a certain company, make sure to check their background. Meaning you need to look into any installation costs and hidden costs, reviews from other customers, payment options, and the length of the warranty.
Some of the things that your AC provider has to have is ESA permits, a gas license, an ODP license (Ozone Depletion Prevention), and a 313a or 313d air conditioning license. After you have done your research thoroughly, you are good to go!
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