You’ve finally made the big decision: you are going to invest in a new air conditioning system. This is great news! After all, investing in a new air conditioning system will improve indoor air quality, which is beneficial to your health. An energy efficient air conditioning system is better for the environment and can save you money on your utility bills. Below are a few crucial tips to consider before you make this important purchase.
1) Central Air Conditioning or Ductless Split Mini Air Conditioning?
There are two different types of central air conditioners. Traditional central air conditioning units are usually placed outside of the home on a slab of concrete. The cool air reaches rooms through intricate duct work that is worked into the walls of your home. You may want to opt for a ductless split mini air conditioning system if you already have a furnace in your home but no air conditioning system in place. It is a great alternative for homeowners who have hot water heat and want to stay cool in the summer. Since ductless split mini air conditioning does not require duct work, it is perfect for new rooms or additions to your home.
2) Size Matters
When it comes to central air conditioning units, size matters. If you have a large house and a small central air conditioning unit, it will have a hard time cooling your house effectively. It will end up using more electricity in order to make it to all areas of your home, thus driving up your electricity bill. The same is true for a large central air conditioning unit in a small house. Only a properly sized air conditioning unit will effectively cool your home. One of the NATE certified technicians at Air Treatment Company can help you find a central air conditioning unit that is the perfect fit for your home.
3) Energy Efficiency
A new air conditioner will always be more energy efficient than an older model. This is due to the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency changed the requirements for SEER ratings in January 2013. All air conditioners produced after this date have a minimum SEER rating of 13. Previously, air conditioners were only required to have a SEER rating of 10. Therefore, the most energy efficient air conditioners on the market today will have a SEER rating greater than 13.