Now that the summer season is over and done with, your air conditioner can take a well-deserved break. That break could turn into a much-needed retirement if it's been a decade since you've last installed your current A/C unit.
Swapping out an aging A/C unit with the latest in residential HVAC technology is an unavoidable necessity, especially if you want your home to remain cool and comfortable next summer. Here are a few tips that'll come in handy as you shop for your next A/C system.
Size Up Your Home's Cooling Needs First
The most common mistake you can make when buying an A/C system is choosing one that offers too little or too much cooling capacity for your home. Oversized A/C systems not only leave your home clammy and uncomfortable, but the equipment itself is also doomed to a short operating life. Undersized A/C systems will struggle to keep your home cool and experience excessive wear and tear in the process.
Choosing the right A/C system is crucial for long-term home comfort. Fortunately, your HVAC contractor can perform a Manual J load calculation to accurately assess your home's cooling needs. Armed with the results, your contractor can follow the Manual S equipment selection process to choose the right A/C system for your home.
Consider Quality vs. Cost
Buying the cheapest A/C system isn't always the smartest move. A/C units that are built to a price often lack the high-quality materials and craftsmanship found in their more expensive counterparts. You'll initially save money by choosing a cheaper A/C unit, but those cost savings may be offset by more frequent repairs and the higher repair costs that follow.
Your best bet is to stick with higher-quality A/C systems, but be on the lookout for aggressive discounts and rebates. HVAC businesses often hold seasonal sales to drum up business during the slow fall season and clear out old inventory.
Don't Scrimp on the Installation
A good installation can make all the difference when it comes to your new HVAC system's performance and longevity. Settling for an HVAC installer offering the cheapest estimates could result in an A/C installation that leaves plenty to be desired. Installer mistakes or shortcuts that were taken during installation and testing could cost you time and money.
Instead, go with the installer whose reputation speaks for itself. A high-quality insulation performed by a skilled HVAC contractor ensures that your air conditioning system will live a long and trouble-free life.