Whether you want to replace your old air conditioning unit, or you are buying a whole new system for your new abode, choosing the best is of the essence. With the right type of AC system, you can expect optimal and energy efficient operation.
Energy Efficient Units
Choosing an air conditioning unit that is energy efficient should be your main priority. Though these units are a bit pricier than those older models, the extra price you pay is worth every single penny. You can clearly see the difference during the summer season, where your air conditioning system is working at its peak. Choose an A/C unit that is rated 14.5 for its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) and an EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of about 12. These AC units are optimized to work efficiently without needing much more energy than those rated otherwise.
The Right A/C Size
To achieve the level of comfort that you are looking for, choose the right-sized air conditioner. A system that is rather too small for your home will have difficulty in making your home cool, most especially during the blazing summer season. On the other hand, an air conditioner that is too large for your home is an energy waster. It will cool your home rather too quickly, thus not being able to get rid of humidity efficiently. It will also just cycle off and on repeatedly, wasting even more energy. To get the appropriate size, a professional HVAC specialist should check your home, measure your home’s floor area and the amount of insulation and other considerable factors that will affect in cooling your house before recommending a certain make and model.
Installers and Warranties
Before going with a particular type of air conditioner, be sure to ask and educate yourself about the kind of warranty it offers. Most top-of-the-line air conditioning systems have a ten-year warranty. You might also be surprised to know that there are even systems that carry longer and even lifetime warranties for its compressors. Check your chosen unit and ask all your questions about the warranty before heading home.
Aside from the warranty, you also need to find quality installers to make sure the job is done perfectly. Even the most expensive and energy efficient air conditioner will not do its job well if it is installed poorly. Be sure to deal with experienced, licensed, and insured professionals to install your air conditioning unit. Some manufacturers are even very strict as to who will install their AC system. Alternatively, you can choose a quality HVAC installer first, and ask them what brands they are accredited with and then choose a unit from those brands.
Compare and Select
Ask for at least three quotes from different HVAC professionals and stores to check which one is best. Always ask for a second opinion if you think that the costs are rather too high. Comparing prices will also give you a gauge of how much the standard costs will be. This is also true when choosing your air conditioner. With the help of the internet, you can easily browse through products and their prices. Always compare and check for other options before deciding to go with one.