According to the International Energy Agency, 90% of homes in the U.S. have air conditioning. If you’re in the market for a new AC unit, shop wisely to find a model that will keep your home cool for many summers to come. Here are a few aspects to think about when buying a new system.
Getting an energy-efficient AC unit is a must for keeping cooling costs down. Before purchasing, check the model’s seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER), which measures the amount of cooling it provides per watt of electricity. The higher the SEER, the more energy-efficient the unit.
If you’re buying an individual AC unit (versus a central air or ductless split system), consider the size of the room it will cool. Cooling capacity is measured by British thermal units, or BTUs, per hour. Use Energy Star’s helpful guide for determining the number of BTUs needed to per square foot to adequately cool a space and remove humidity.
Installation & Maintenance
Having your AC unit installed by a professional air conditioning contractor goes a long way toward ensuring it runs properly. Also, have an expert inspect your unit in the spring to get it ready for the hot summer months. AC and HVAC systems that are cleaned and serviced regularly tend to run more efficiently and last longer.
No matter how well it cools, a noisy AC unit can make using it unbearable. Before you buy, check out buyer guides on Consumer Reports that rate indoor noise levels on most models. If you find yourself with a loud system, consider adding carpeting or a white noise machine to the room to reduce the din.
If you’re shopping for a new AC unit or HVAC system, contact the trained technicians at Advantage Air Heating & Cooling in Danville, OH. Servicing homes and businesses throughout Knox County, they offer a wide array of heating and cooling services, including window unit and ductless split system installation, air conditioning repair, furnace replacement, and more. Visit their website for a full list of services and call (740) 504-9430 for a complimentary estimate.