No one wants to spend a lot of money on a new air conditioner. This is a big expense that you have to take on all at once, and you don’t want to be too thrifty and get a unit that is not able to keep up or make sure that you stay cool. But at some point, you will find that your air conditioner is no longer able to keep up with some of the cooling you need and the repairs just get too expensive. That is when it may be time to consider picking out a new air conditioner for your whole home.
There are a few factors that you can consider when it is time to pick out an air conditioner that will be just right for your home. Some of the main factors to consider include:
One of the first things that homeowners are going to take a look at is the cost of the unit. If they spend a ton of money on a unit like this, they want to make sure it has all the bells and whistles and will last them a long time. You do need to shop around a bit to see how much each unit costs and then consider the cost of labor as well.
Some of the basic air conditioning units will be affordable, but others will be more expensive. You will have to find the right balance for your needs, getting the key features and a price that your budget is able to handle. Keep in mind that some of the features, like energy savings, may make the unit more expensive, but they cut down on your overall utility costs.
The more efficient your air conditioner is, the more money it can save you. That is why you need to take a look at the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This will help you to look at how energy efficient the unit is. The higher the level, the more it will cost when you purchase the unit, but it will also help you save more on your utilities. You can talk to the HVAC professional to see which EER and SEER level they recommend for your unit before you make a purchase.
The Essential Features
There are different features that you can get with your air conditioner as well. You should think ahead about some of the extra features you would like to have with the unit. Some things to consider include:
# Energy-saving modes: These will help you to lower your bills and reduce energy consumption during the summer, without a lot of work on your part.
# Performance data: Some units are also going to give you useful performance information, such as recommending that you check the filter and more.
# Convenience features: Some of the window models will have unique features that make them easier to use like sleep modes and timers. You can add on the features that you think are the most important to you.
# Programmable thermostats: With central air conditioning, having a programmable thermostat can help you save money when you tailor the AC to your schedule.
The more of these features you add to your unit, the more it will cost. But they can also save you in terms of your utilities as well. You will have to weigh the pros and cons of each one.
The Size of Your Home
You also need to consider the size of the home or the property that you would like to keep cool. You can’t get a super small unit and expect it to keep a really large home nice and cool. Your energy bills will go through the roof and you will still feel warm and humid within the home. You will need to measure the amount of space necessary in your home and then pick out a unit that is going to meet those needs.
You have to be careful with the size that you choose. If you go with one that is too small, then it will constantly run and struggle with keeping the area nice and cool. But there are also some problems if you make it too big as well. It will also use too much energy and will stop and go all the time, so this is not a good thing either. There is usually a range of sizes that you can choose and it is a good idea to talk with a professional to see what they recommend for your size.
You do not want to get an air conditioner that makes too much noise along the way. Sure, the unit is going to make some noise when it turns on and works to keep the home cool, but if it is so loud you feel like it is annoying or makes it hard to hear, then this is too much noise and you need to consider a different unit to make your home more comfortable.
There are varying levels of noise that can come with a unit. There are some that are virtually noiseless, or as close to it as possible, but these do cost quite a bit more. Most homeowners will give up a bit of the quietness in order to save money, so consider the level that you are the most comfortable with at the time. You could start with the noise level on your current unit and pick from there as a good starting point.
Whether you are looking to purchase a new air conditioner or you would just like to get some air conditioning repair, our team is here to help. We have the right experience to take on the work for your whole HVAC system and make sure that it works well during the hot summer months. No matter the age of your system or what needs to be done on it, we are here to check it out and answer some of your questions. Contact us today to see how we can provide some of the air conditioning repair that you need.
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