Tips for Buying a New Air Conditioning System

new air conditionerAs we’re in the thick of the summer heat, many homeowners begin to think about investing in a new central AC system. Whether upgrading your current unit or installing a new one for the first time, finding the right system for your home can be overwhelming. To help make this process easier, the experts at Ace Hardware Home Services have created a guide filled with tips and suggestions for buying, installing, and maintaining a new air conditioning system. 

Is It Time to Repair or Replace?

If you’re already a central air conditioner owner, you might be questioning whether to repair or replace your current system. While minor repairs could be worth considering for newer units, there comes a point where replacement is a better option. It’s time for a replacement if your AC unit:

  • Runs up high energy bills due to declining efficiency
  • Needs frequent repairs
  • Is 10 to 15 years old 

Benefits of Installing a New Central AC

For those currently relying on window units or fans to combat the heat, it’s important to recognize that these are temporary solutions. Central air conditioning offers a host of benefits, including:  

  • Convenience – Unlike systems that obstruct views or light, a central AC evenly cools your entire space without occupying window, wall, or floor space. 
  • Improved air quality – Central air conditioners filter out dust, pollen, dander, and other irritants from circulated air, contributing to enhanced air quality. 
  • Increased home value – Central air conditioners are a highly desirable feature, and if you’re looking to sell your home in the future, they add value and curb appeal to your property. 

How to Choose the Right Central AC System for Your Home 

Choosing the right central air conditioning system for your home is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. An efficient and appropriately sized system can provide optimal comfort while also saving you money on energy bills. Here are a few tips to help you make an informed decision:

Determine the type of air conditioner you need.

Before figuring out the brand or model of the air conditioner you want, it’s essential to determine what type of system you need. The most common options include split, ductless mini-splits, and packaged systems. Split systems tend to be the most popular choice among homeowners with existing ductwork.  

Consider your home’s size and layout.

The size of your home plays a significant role in determining the right air conditioning system for your needs. Choosing an undersized unit can result in your system struggling to cool your space adequately, while an oversized one will cycle on and off frequently, failing to dehumidify effectively and wearing out prematurely. Proper sizing is determined in BTU, with factors like the number of stories, ceiling height, sun exposure, windows, doors, and occupants all playing a role.  

Evaluate energy efficiency.

For optimal energy efficiency, pay attention to the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating when selecting a central air conditioner. A higher SEER rating signifies better efficiency. Investing in an energy-efficient unit will save you money on monthly utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint. 

Find a reputable HVAC contractor.

Air conditioner installation is not a project you can DIY; it requires technical knowledge and expertise from an experienced HVAC contractor. At Ace Hardware Home Services, our experienced technicians are well-equipped to handle several AC issues, ensuring your system is installed correctly and operates efficiently.  

Think about maintenance needs.

An air conditioner requires regular professional maintenance to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. This includes comprehensive inspections, cleaning, and tune-ups. When selecting a brand, choose one that’s reputable with accessible replacement parts and ask about warranties that might cover maintenance or repairs. 

By following this guide, you’ll be well prepared to navigate the process of selecting, installing, and maintaining a central AC unit for your home. Contact us today to ensure comfort, energy efficiency, and long-term savings with a new central air conditioner installed by the professionals at Ace Hardware Home Services.