5 Helpful Suggestions for Choosing a New Air Conditioner
What Happened? Why now? It finally happened, the air conditioner is not turning back on. Winter is here and with this South Florida wacky weather. Hot one day and cold the next. Air conditioners turned off and on. This time no success when we turned the AC System back on for another warm winter day. Your home is getting warmer as you wait to decide the best place to call for help now. All of the thoughts of things to consider for this is a big decision. Thinking of your budget, resources, and your uncomfortable family.
When you’re looking for your next air conditioning unit for your South Florida home. Here is a guide to help you in this difficult time. A few tips that might help the decision process.
What Type of AC System do I need?
The first that comes to mind to replace the AC with the same unit. Often thinking, It was a good, that’s all I need? Well, in most cases this is true. But not always. Here are two different types to consider. AC technology has changed a great deal over the past 10-15 years.
Central Air Conditioners:
Central Air Conditioners: Known for the most common type unit installed in South Florida. There is an outside condenser that sits on a concrete slab next to the house. The outdoor unit is working with an indoor air handler usually sits in a closet, garage or attic.
The use of the attic to install the duct work that connects all the rooms. Cool air is traveling from AC unit into the duct work, the cool air moves the rooms throughout the home. The Air handler and AC Intake of warm air are moved back to air conditioning system. Cold refrigerant coils cool air and then goes back into the house with the use of the ductwork.
The problem per Energy Star, homes lose anywhere from 20 to 30% of conditioned air to leaky air ducts. The duct work has to be evaluated for the condition of the duct work, with consideration of repair or replacement cost. Consider a possible upgrade of Qduct for a more efficient ductwork system.
Ductless Air Conditioners
Ductless Air Conditioners: A great alternative for upgrading from a window unit. But you still don’t want the expense or have room for ductwork. Ductless Air Conditioners cooling, one room or a zone of rooms. Installation of outdoor unit outside or in your wall. The technology is here to cool multiple rooms with one outdoor AC System.
When a central air unit intake unit dies, often tempted to just replace only that broken piece of the AC system. This is a big decision and might be a costly one. If you replace one part without installing the matching unit. Your system may be inefficient. It’s best to install the energy efficacy new technology of the newer units, it will pay for itself in a few years.
The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratting) is an important determining factor of the energy use. The rating of a new AC unit, now required to have at least a 14 SEER rating, as high as SEER 21 with Carrier Infinity 21 Air Conditioning Unit. Your contractor will advise you on your available space for the best SEER and size unit for your home’s needs.
AC Unit Size Matters
Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to choosing the right for your home. Install a unit that is too big for the space, the Air conditioning system will be turned on and off more often. If your AC system is not big enough to run as well as reduce humidity. Causing inefficiency in the unit also wasting energy that will cause in your electric bill.
Proper fit consists of the square footage, the amount of installation in your home. The size, age of your windows. This is what your contactor’s job to assure the proper fit for your home. While getting the best AC system for maximizing energy efficiency.
There are several things to consider in the cost of a new air conditioning system. The cost of the AC unit, the efficiency of the cooling and heating system. The savings on your electric bill each month will add up in a years’ time. Upgrading your duct work will also add value to your home and efficacy of your new air conditioning system. A new AC unit will also add value to your home. If you’re planning on selling your home, this a big selling point.
Choosing the Right Air Conditioning Company
It’s always good to get multiple bids when you consider a replacement air conditioner. This is a big ticket item for your home. Consideration of the new company, here are a few questions to keep in mind.
- Can they explain the different recommendations that are best for you?
- Do they carry good quality brands?
- What is the warranty for a/c unit as well as the labor?
- Did they do their homework to give a thorough inspection of your home before they gave you your estimate?
A homeowner’s fear of choosing a company that cost you money and does not deliver. You need dependable company that can deliver, also keep your air conditioning unit working for many years to come.
When you’re in the market for a New Air Conditioning Installation! Let Atlantis Air Conditioning Corp show you why we are the best choice for all your family’s comfort needs today and tomorrow.