Sometimes no matter how well you've maintained your air conditioner, there's nothing you can do but replace it. A new air conditioner is a big investment, and if you're in the market for one then you're probably looking for ways to get the most out of your purchase. With a bit of research and the right know-how, you can find an air conditioner that will meet your home's needs at the right price.
Decide Between Traditional And Ductless Systems
Traditional central air conditioners consist of a condenser outside and evaporator coils and an air handler inside that deliver air to your home's ducts. While these systems are popular, many homes are switching to ductless air conditioners. Ductless systems have an outdoor condenser connected by air conduits to multiple indoor air handlers that can be operated independently.
The biggest factor in choosing between ducted and ductless air conditioners is whether or not your home already has a duct system that's in good shape. If so, swapping in a traditional central air conditioner is the simplest option. Ductless systems are a great option for homes with no ductwork or leaky ducts, as well as those who want room-by-room temperature control.
Review The SEER Rating
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, is a rating that gives you an objective measure of an air conditioner's energy efficiency. Any air conditioner you buy will be labeled with the SEER rating. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit is.
The minimum SEER rating in the US is 13 to 14, depending on your region, and modern air conditioners will be above this range. Many older air conditioners have SEER ratings of around 8 or 9. This means that no matter what air conditioner you choose, you will likely enjoy noticeable energy savings if you've had your current air conditioner for several years, or moved into a home with one already installed.
Look For Additional Features
Modern air conditioners are differentiating themselves with more than energy efficiency and BTU count. Some examples of additional features that could make an air conditioner the right buy for you include smartphone apps for remote control or variable-speed compressors that enhance comfort and save energy.
Your new air conditioner is meant to last for years to come, so it's important to make sure you'll be happy with your purchase. Keep these tips in mind so you can be sure you're getting the right new air conditioner.
Contact an air conditioning installation contractor in your area for more information.