So you’ve decided to purchase a new air conditioner. Now comes the hard part: figuring out which unit or system you should purchase.
Once that summer heat sets in, everyone wants to be blasted with that cold air conditioning as much as possible. However, the reality is that everyone’s situation is different and there are a number of factors to consider when you are looking for a new air conditioning unit or system.
Determine What Size Air Conditioner You Need
There is a big difference between a home air conditioning system and an air conditioning unit, and the one you choose depends on a variety of factors. These include:
- Size and layout of your home
- Window Surface Area (one of the biggest contributing factors when sizing your AC Unit)
- Insulation levels in your home
- Where the air conditioner will be installed in the home
If you live in a smaller home, you may just need a smaller system. For example, if you live in a condo, you may just need a window unit. However, if you want all of the bells and whistles, you may be considering central air for your home.
Consider the Finances
Next, you need to figure out your budget. The cost of a new air conditioner ranges drastically depending on the type of unit or system you are choosing.
When you are determining cost, you will need to consider whether you want to invest in a high efficiency air conditioner or a basic unit. Some units include an energy rating that might have a higher cost up front, but will save you money in the long run on your energy bills. This is especially handy in those long, hot summer months where you constantly have the cold air on high.
How to Prepare for an Air Conditioner Fitting
Once you’ve decided on the unit or system that works for you, you will need to have an air conditioning installation team come to your home for sizing installation. They will bring the unit, make sure it is installed properly, and then they will stay to help you test it out to ensure there are no issues.
To make this appointment go as efficiently as possible, be prepared. Clear the area where the air conditioning unit is going to be, and make sure there are no hazards on the way there. If you have pets or children, it’s best to keep them either out of the house or away from the area where the installers will be working. This is for everyone’s safety.
Still Not Sure? That’s What Experts Are For
If you aren’t really sure what will work best for you, talk to an expert. It’s their job to know everything about air conditioners- not yours. Most companies will offer a free in-home consultation. During this consultation, they will give you professional advice on choosing exactly what you need, so you will be comfortable all summer long.