Purchasing And Maintaining An Air Conditioning Unit

by Editor on June 5, 2013

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During the hottest seasons of the year, it is normal for people these days to just switch on the air conditioning and enjoy the cool air without even thinking about it.  Purchasing the right unit for your house and maintaining the air conditioner is important.  You don’t want to come home one day in the one hundred degree heat to find your house is not evenly slightly cooled!

How do you  choose the correct air conditioning unit?

To make the most cost effective decision, first think about the size of room or house you want to cool.  If it is the entire house, central air conditioning is the best,  however, if it is a very small house, you could get by with a larger window air conditioner, or one or two units, maybe in the family room and one in a bedroom.

Next you want to decide what type of unit.  A split system is an air conditioner and a furnace.  They work together to produce the most efficient temperature control.

The split system also controls the humidity, moisture and cleanliness. This system also filters out pollutants that make the air dirty. The split system will typically cool a 2,000 square foot house.  These systems are also called ductless systems, and they  are fairly new to the market, so be sure that you check ratings before spending the money on a ductless system.

Central air conditioning is the most popular form of cooling and the most cost efficient.  Central air typically provides the best indoor air quality of any cooling system and will cool any size house.

Window units have the most drawbacks of any system.  Poor constant temperatures, only cool two rooms per unit, lower efficiency, and these units are noisy.

Always be sure you size the unit to the window exactly.  Not sizing the unit will result in the unit running constantly and raising your electric bills immensely!

How much do these units cost?

Central air units generally run between $6,000 to $10,000, but may be higher if added ductwork is needed.

Depending on the size of window unit you need, these typically run anywhere from $100 to $1000.

Split or ductless systems are a little bit less than central air.  These units generally run from $5000 to $7000, taking into consideration that all the ductwork is in place already.

What kind of maintenance is needed?

Always be sure you have your air conditioning unit serviced every year, mainly the ductless systems and central air systems.   From local companies like Metro Air and Refrigeration Services to nationwide services by Trane, it is crucial to have a trusted mechanic.

It is good to do this in the springtime when windows can still be open.  You don’t want to wait until the hot summer weather is here and find out your air conditioning unit is not functioning!

A general maintenance check consists of

-Cleaning of indoor coil

-Adding to refrigerant levels

-Washing or changing filters

-Cleaning drain lines

-Check the wire connections

-Check starting capabilities

-Adjusting the thermostat

And finally, the overall condition of the unit.

Having a properly maintained unit saves you money, and extends the life of the unit.

About the Author

C. Jones is a full time medical coder in Missouri; nevertheless she devotes much of her time to her writing.  From Christian counseling to air conditioning technicians, she is not lacking variety in her authoring.

photo by: michael_swan

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