How to Choose an Air Conditioning System
Air conditioners are designed to keep your home cool and comfortable. To get the most benefit from an air conditioning system, however, you need to select the right unit. Follow the steps below to make the best choice for your home.
1. Choose the type of air conditioning unit you want to purchase.
The primary types of air conditioners include central air conditioning units, portable units, through-the-wall air conditioners and window units. Depending on your cooling needs, one type of unit may be better for your home than the others. For example, window units tend to be the most affordable initially, but they won’t cool as much space. Central air conditioning units, on the other hand, are more expensive and require more extensive installation, but they can cool your entire home.
2. Check the cooling capacity.
The air conditioner’s cooling capacity tells you how much space it can effectively cool. To determine the capacity your space will require, you must consider the quality of the room’s insulation, the number of windows and other related factors. When you schedule an in-home appointment with one of our consultants they will measure the home and determine the best fit for your home, based on the previous mentioned factors and the temperature you normally prefer.
3. Think about efficiency.
An air conditioner’s initial cost isn’t the only cost to consider as you make your choice. The unit’s efficiency will also affect your expenses in the future. To determine a unit’s efficiency, check the SEER rating. The higher the SEER rating, the less energy the unit will waste. Considering a “variable speed” blower can help increase the overall SEER rating and give increased comfort in the heating and cooling seasons.
4. Ask about the warranty.
A good warranty will cover any repairs your unit requires for a significant amount of time after purchase. Most manufacturers now have extended labor warranties to choose from. Ask about the warranty coverage before you select a unit.
5. Compare prices.
Before you purchase your air conditioner, compare prices from multiple sources to get the best “value” for your money. As you compare different prices, remember to check the dealers to make sure they are licensed, insured, and openly give out reviews. Call the experts at Delta Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing today and set up a FREE in-home estimate.
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