Are you looking to
buy an A/C unit? If yes, you need to ensure that you get the right one because it is a
significant investment. Here is how to choose the right A/C unit.
1. Energy efficiency
Any air conditioner you purchase to replace an ancient unit will result
in more energy efficiency. When replacing a central A/C system, be sure
both the air handler and the condenser are replaced simultaneously. The
two components are designed to operate together. If you fail to change
one of them, the system will become inefficient. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency
Rating (SEER) is a significant factor in determining the energy efficiency
of the new unit. New models are needed to have a SEER rating of at least
14. However, the majority of them have ratings of 15 or higher.
Some people have a misconception that the larger the A/C unit, the better
their homes will be cooled. But this is not the case, because a big system
will switch on and off more frequently, increasing your energy costs.
Additionally, it will not operate long enough to minimize humidity. The
size of your A/C unit needs to be based on your home’s square footage.
Also, you need to consider the cooling load of your house. This can be
determined by considering your house size, the amount of insulation, and
If your budget is flexible, there are many considerations to make when
it comes to cost. Consider the efficiency of the system and the cost savings
you will make both monthly and annually. Moreover, consider the value
it adds to your home in the case you plan to sell. Upgrading and including
new ductwork might be expensive, but offering your home an excellent central
A/C that is efficient and effective can be a significant selling point.
It is always excellent to look for numerous bids when you are looking for
a new air conditioner. The unit cost and the setting up is too significant
to leave to chance. When you are offered bids, be sure to consider more
than the cost. Find out if the companies are known for quality, whether
there is a warranty for the unit and labor, if they give a maintenance
plan of high-quality, whether they explain the reasons behind them being
the best, and if they check your home before offering an estimate.
5. Air Conditioner types
There are two types of air conditioners that you can consider before buying
one. The central AC is the most typical type and has an external condenser,
ductwork running throughout the house, an indoor air handler with evaporator
coils and a blower. The indoor air handler can be set up in a basement,
garage, or attic. The other type is the ductless AC, which is an excellent
alternative for those who don’t want the ductwork expense.
As you look to upgrade your AC unit, there is no better partner to have
the unit installed than Tom's Mechanical. We will not only set it
up for you, but Tom's Mechanical will also be available for any
maintenance you might need.