Consider a New Air Conditioning Estimate Before the Summer Months Hit
Quality air conditioning is important when the hotter months hit. But just as servicing a cooling system should be done prior to peak months, so should the consideration of installing a new air conditioning system. The decision to purchase a new air conditioner requires a little research into who is installing it, the manufacturers offered by the HVAC contractor, and the size of the unit necessary for the square footage of the home.
When it comes to which air conditioner to buy, it is important to remember bigger isn’t always better. Unscrupulous HVAC contractors who have no concern over a customer’s best interest may imply that the more BTU’s you get, the better an air conditioner will perform. This isn’t the case. An oversized unit actually wastes more energy and is less effective overall.
It is also important to consider the type of unit you are getting – meaning, what kind of warranties are offered by the manufacturer, the history of the contractor with the units they carry, and the history of the servicing of the units by the contractor. A true HVAC specialist will know everything about the products they sell, and why they believe that their units are superior to others in terms of quality, efficiency, lifespan, and ability to service and repair at minimal consumer cost. They should also have a good reputation in the community in which they are working.
When installing a new air conditioner, the SEER rating should also be discussed. Since present-day manufacturers of air conditioning systems are required by law to rate their products according to their energy efficiency, the SEER rating, also known as a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, is the industry standard for these manufacturers. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit will be, and the less energy it will consume when it’s being run. In general, there are ratings that range from an 8 SEER rating to a 26 SEER, but the majority of residential properties will install a unit that carries between and 11-15 SEER rating.
A professional HVAC contractor can go over the details of a purchasing and installing a new air conditioning unit more extensively. It is best to contact reputable company and have them give an on-site estimate, because an on-site estimate will not only help a homeowner determine the credibility of the HVAC contractor, but will also give the customer enough detail to fully assess their options when purchasing the best air conditioner for their living space and budget.