While you may be able to purchase a great many products without giving it a single thought, that’s not the case when it comes to a new air conditioner. You can’t rush into this kind of decision; you have to take your time, do your homework, and consider a lot of factors before you make your final decision. This is a significant investment, and as such you’ll obviously need to treat it very seriously. It might be a bit of a hassle, but in the long run you will find that making the right choice will pay off in the long run.
Separating the Best from the Rest
You want your new air conditioner to be energy efficient so you don’t have to pay as much in regard to cooling costs. You want it to provide maximum comfort while using a minimum of electricity to keep those costs down. It’s also important that you choose a model that offers steady, reliable performance so that it will last several years – as long as you keep it properly maintained. A good system also performs quietly and doesn’t require frequent repairs.
But those are the basics – here are some other considerations you’ll need to take into account when choosing a new air conditioner.
- Ductwork – You need to know if your ducts are in good condition or if they need to be replaced as well. You can choose the most energy efficient new air conditioner available and that won’t mean much if you’re wasting energy because your ducts are leaking air. It’s possible that your existing ductwork will need to be modified to accommodate your new system.
- SEER – You’ve seen this term before, but in case you need a refresher it stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a hot, often humid climate such as North Texas, you’ll want the highest SEER-rated model that you can afford.
- Rebates and tax credits – Look around and see if your local utility may offer rebates for energy efficient units. Also, make sure you get as much information as you can regarding potential tax credits from the federal government.
The professionals with Metro Express Services can check your home and provide you a recommendation as to what type of new air conditioner would be best for your home. Give us a call at 972-263-2500 or contact us online to learn more.