What To Keep In Mind When Buying A New AC

by Editor on June 13, 2013

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Now that the summer season is here and the weather will be getting warmer, you might want to consider buying a new air conditioner. Depending on where you live, air conditioning may practically be a necessity. It will keep your home cool and comfortable even in the warmest of weather, and it will help regulate the humidity and overall air quality of your home. However, the decision to buy a new air conditioner is not one that should be taken lightly. Not only can air conditioners be expensive, but there are a few different kinds out there, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Before you make a final decision about your air conditioner, you should first take these things into consideration.

What Kind of Air Conditioner Do You Need?

Most air conditioners can be split into two major categories: unit air conditioners and central cooling systems. Unit air conditioners are for smaller spaces such as apartments, offices or small houses, while central cooling systems are for larger homes. Central cooling systems are operated by one central unit and connect to a building’s ductwork. They’re generally better at keeping a larger space cool than unit air conditioners, but they use up more energy. Since they rely on a home’s existing ductwork, there is more that can go wrong with installation and operation. If you live in a smaller space, stick to a unit air conditioner, as it will save you more money in the long run.

Do You Have the Space for It?

However, if your home is too big for unit air conditioners, you will have to have a central cooling system installed. If that’s the case, there are some other things you will need to consider. First of all, you should have enough space for the central unit itself. These typically fit outside of the house, often in the backyard. If you have a large enough backyard that you keep organized and clean, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you have a smaller yard or one that is overgrown with weeds, trees or other plants you might have to do some cleaning up. Central air conditioning units can become blocked by debris and weeds, so make sure there is plenty of space around it at all times. Clear one out before installation, and once you have it safely installed make sure to check on it every once in a while.

Is Your Air Conditioner Too Big?

A larger air conditioner may sound like a good idea if you’re serious about keeping your home cool over the summer, but there is such a thing as “too big.” Larger air conditioners use up more energy, they turn off and on more often and they are a lot louder. If you live in a smaller home, stick with a smaller air conditioner; the larger systems should be used for homes that need them the most.

Is Your Air Conditioner Energy Efficient?

Energy efficiency is very important when choosing an air conditioner. Most systems have a SEER rating that indicates how efficient an air conditioner really is. Systems with higher SEER ratings will be more efficient, so consider that when making your decision.

Air conditioning is practically a must once the temperature starts to rise, but it’s also a big investment. Your air conditioner will last for years, so make sure you keep these hints in mind and make a smart purchase.

About the Author

To learn more about installing a new AC unit in his home, wrtier Kevin Osterberg recently visited www.bmsconstruction.net/houston-hvac

photo by: Infrogmation

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