Buying a new air conditioning unit can be a stressful experience. In a city where the summer months can get quite hot, investing in a quality AC system is a worthwhile decision.
Properly installed and maintained AC units last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. So, it’s a matter of when you’ll find yourself in a dilemma of deciding which cooling system to buy. You need to take into account the efficiency, tonnage (size), rating, and fit of each option within your budget.
Below are some tips to consider when buying a new AC system
1. Energy Efficiency Ratings
Air conditioner efficiency is gauged using the SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, rating system. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) rules require new AC systems to have an efficiency rating of not less than 13 SEER. If you want the quietest air conditioner with the best features, go for a system with a higher SEER ratings, as the high efficiency units tend to be the quieter models. A higher SEER also means lower operational costs but remember, the higher the SEER rating, the higher the upfront buying and installation costs.
If you want to get the most out of your cooling system, it is essential to have it installed properly. A split AC system has the compressor unit outside and the indoor unit installed at the furnace or air handler. To leave no margin for error, make sure the unit is installed by a reputable company. The actual efficiency of a new air conditioner depends on the installation.
3. Size of the System
The capacity or size of the air conditioner should NOT be sized according to your living space’s square footage only, but by what the square footage consists of, such as insulation values in the walls or ceilings, window sizes and qualities as well as heat generated from internal sources. Always choose for an AC system with the right cooling capacity for your home. If it is too large it won’t be able to provide the correct dehumidification because an oversized air conditioner will turns on and off too frequently which also uses more energy and provides less comfort. On the other hand, an undersized unit will not be able to keep up with the need. 2-stage or variable capacity systems offer the best of both worlds by providing the size and efficiency required throughout the season.
When you’re talking about AC systems sizing, tonnage doesn’t mean the unit’s weight, but is the measurement of capacity, 1 ton is the amount of heat required to melt a one ton, (2000 lb.), block of ice. A one-ton unit can remove up to 12,000 BTU of heat from your household in 60 minutes.
What tonnage will work best for your property? The answer to this question will vary depending on many factors including your amount of insulation you have in your walls and attic, the size and quality of your windows, and your home’s orientation to the sun.
To assess your household’s needs, an authorized technician/estimator should inspect your home and the existing duct system and vents in every room, and then perform a Manual J load calculation.
5. Easy-to-Change Filters
Did you know that a properly maintained air filter can save up to 10% of your home’s energy? The air conditioner has air filters to keep your home free from allergens, dust, debris, and other contaminants, as well as extend the lifespan of your system.
6. Price and Technology
While there are a variety of features available you should always choose a unit equipped to serve your needs correctly. It is vital to choose a reputable brand and ensure that it is going to take care of your needs by having it installed by a qualified/factory trained contractor. Buying a higher priced system does not ensure better performance.
The last thing you want to do is find yourself prematurely purchasing a new air conditioner. Before you settle on which unit to buy, analyze different brands, and compare their reliability ratings. Almost all models on the market today come with some kind of warranty, so go over the details carefully to ensure you understand the terms and conditions.
If it’s time to buy an air conditioner, do your research to ensure you’re getting the right system for the best value. Then, turn to the professionals, like those at Gunthers Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, to install your new AC unit and get it up and running quickly.
Rely on Gunthers for All Your Air Conditioning Issues
As a premier AC installation company in American Folk, UT, our professionalism and reliability are unmatched. When you’re ready to furnish your home with a brand-new AC unit, reach out to us. Here at Gunthers, we always put our customers first and we strive to deliver impeccable services and products. Our technicians are certified and come with 110 years of combined experience to offer you quality heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.