An air conditioner is a crucial piece of equipment to most homeowners, especially during the summer months. However, an A/C unit can be an expensive purchase, so making sure you know how to select the right model for your home and family will help you avoid spending money on an inefficient appliance. Below are three of the most crucial factors you’ll want to consider when buying a new system.
What to Keep in Mind When Purchasing a New A/C Unit
1. Consider the SEER Value
SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is a value that indicates how efficient the unit will be. Today’s A/C units will range from the federal minimum of 13 up to 25. Typically, the higher the score, the more efficient and expensive the device will be. If you plan to stay in your home for more than five years, it is often better to select a unit with a higher SEER value, as you are more likely to recoup the initial investment cost. However, if you currently have an outdated 8- or 9-SEER model, you can still drastically improve your efficiency by upgrading to a 13- or 14-SEER unit.
2. Be Mindful of the Size
Usually, you can determine the ideal size for your new A/C unit by matching the tonnage of your existing one. However, to make sure it meets your needs, have an HVAC contractor perform a load calculation to determine how different factors—like square footage, sunlight access, and insulation—will impact the size requirements. This will prevent you from selecting a unit that is too small and unable to cool your home, or one that is too large and cycles on and off frequently. Both problems result in overworked machines that waste energy and are prone to malfunctions and short lifespans.
3. Decide Between Ducts & Ductless
The most common type of A/C unit is the split system, which consists of a large outdoor condenser and an indoor coil. Refrigerant passes through the coils and outside unit to cool and dehumidify the air, while a blower circulates the cooled air through the home. Unfortunately, not every home is set up to accommodate ductwork. In these instances, a ductless system is more practical. These units consist of an outside condenser that is connected to one or more indoor blowers by a thin conduit.
If your A/C unit is currently on its last leg, don’t wait for it to quit. Call the HVAC contractors at Fetz Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to replace it, so your home continues to remain comfortable. For over half a century, these technicians have provided HVAC system repair, maintenance, and installation services to the Urbana, OH, region. To find out how they can assist you, call them today at (937) 652-1136. You can also visit their website to learn more about their other services.