Investing in a new air conditioner isn’t at all like buying a microwave or a television. There’s much more to the buying process than just choosing one that looks nice and that you think will work best for your home. Picking the right HVAC unit should provide you and your family with cool air, a quiet environment and low energy bills. Choose wrong, however, and you may find yourself frustrated, hot and paying more than you’d expect!
Before you make the purchase, it’s good to have an idea of what goes into the process. To help with that, our professional technicians have put together a few things to consider for your new air conditioner at home or at your place of business.
The first thing you’ll want to do is check to see if your house has ductwork already. Certain models of air conditioner need to use home ductwork, so if your house lacks it, your choices in AC units will be limited. You’ll also want to have the ducts cleaned before installing your new air conditioner.
Choose the Right Size for the Home
Now it’s time to figure out just how powerful your new air conditioner needs to be. It’s a simple fact of knowing how big of a space you need to cool off. Once you know the total square footage of the space you’d like to cool, this will help determine the size of unit is good for your home. You can refer to this Energy Star guide.
Bigger Isn’t Always Better
Don’t be tempted to buy the biggest AC unit you see! If your air conditioner is too big for the space it’s in, you’ll run into an issue known as “Short Cycling.” An air conditioner is short cycles when it frequently turns on and shuts off. Since activating and deactivating both take energy, you’ll find yourself with an energy bill that’s higher than it needs to be!
Location, Location, Location
Once you’ve found the perfect air conditioner, it’s time to figure out where in your house you’d like to place it! Here are a few guidelines to follow:
- Avoid areas that attract or create dust. Every time your AC switches on, it’ll blow that dust around the house.
- Place your AC vent high on the wall, so the whole room can be cooled. Placing in on the floor only cools off the floor.
- Select the place where it’ll be most useful. Think about what room you spend most of your time in. That’s probably where you want your new AC.
Help from the Professionals at Point Bay Fuel
Still confused about your options for a new air conditioner? Why not let the professionals at Point Bay Fuel help? Just contact Point Bay today, and our experts will walk you through every step of the process, from selecting a unit to installation to maintenance and repair. We’re here to help keep you and your family comfortable all year long!