Purchasing a new air conditioner takes some planning. We walk you through the steps to determine if your AC unit needs replacing, the types of air conditioners available, and additional considerations to keep in mind.
Evaluate Your Unit
The first thing to consider when purchasing a new air conditioner is to know when you need to replace your unit. There are many scenarios when a new AC makes more sense than trying to fix your old one.
Is your unit still cooling down the house effectively? If the unit isn’t producing cold air as well as it used to, the temperature in your home won’t be even and you’ll experience areas that are cool and others that are warm and muggy.
How old is your unit? Air conditioners aren’t meant to last forever. After about a decade, it’s usually worth it to look into purchasing a new one either to upgrade to something to more efficient or to replace a deteriorating unit.
Does your current unit require frequent maintenance? If your AC is breaking down often and requiring multiple, costly maintenance visits, then it isn’t as reliable as you’d expect an air conditioner to be especially if you’re dealing with hot summers.
Types of Air Conditioners
There are different types of air conditioners that you can look into when thinking about purchasing your unit.
- Central Air Conditioning
This is a unit that’s permanently installed to cool an entire home and is great for large spaces.
- Ductless Split Units
Ductless systems are useful for those who want to cool down multiple rooms but may not have the ductwork in place for a central air conditioner.
- Window Units
Window units are installed right in the window and can be ideal for cool small spaces. They are also affordable, efficient, and more environmentally friendly than other options.
- Portable Units
These are small units that are great for cooling down individual rooms and are affordable and energy-efficient.
- Hybrid Units
Hybrid units combine heating and cooling elements into one and make it convenient for homeowners as well as sustainable for the environment.
- Geothermal Units
These are better for homeowners with larger budgets. They are incredibly energy-efficient and long-lasting but are the most expensive option.
Beyond knowing the type of unit to look into, you’ll also want a good understanding of SEER ratings. This stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and tells you how energy efficient a new air conditioner is. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. The standard for most is 13 while hotter areas in the Southeast and Southwest are recommended to look for a unit with at least a 14 SEER rating.
We offer a range of power-saving products doe your home. Take advantage of our free estimates to gain a clear understanding of the work we’ll do for you and contact us or call today at (770) 975-1927 to learn more or schedule an appointment. We service Acworth, Marietta, Cartersville, Georgia and the surrounding areas.