What You Need to Know Before Installing a New Air Conditioner

Installing a new air conditioning system in your home is a big undertaking and can be a big expense. You do not want to make the wrong choice when installing your air conditioning unit as hopefully your unit will last for a long time.  You will need to live with the decisions that you have made. It is best to do some research before you install your home air conditioner.  You can make sure that you get the right unit for you and your family.

Here are some key things that you need to think about and educate yourself on before you go forward and install a new air conditioner. 

Before you install a new air conditioner, you need to know:

  • Is the air conditioner sized correctly for your home? Air conditioners have different BTUs. You need to make sure that you purchase and install an air conditioning unit the right size for your home. A unit that is too small will have to work harder and run longer to cool your home. As a result, the unit will not last as long. If your air conditioner is too big it will use much more energy. It will frequently be turning on and off, so it may also not cool your space very effectively.
  • Is your air conditioner an energy efficient model? Installing an energy efficient model can pay off over the long term.  Your cooling costs are going to be lower each month that you run the air conditioner.  Find out the annual operating costs associated with the air conditioner that you are considering. Think about whether you are going to be in your home for a long enough period to make the return worthwhile. Spending a little bit extra to get the most energy efficient model up front can make sense. Another step is you  can also check with your electrical company about rebates on the state or federal level. Rebate money is made available to those who install a more energy efficient air conditioning unit.
  • Are there professionals installing your unit? You want to ensure that you hire a company that is going to do a great job installing your air conditioning unit so that the unit will work as well as possible. Look for a company that offers guaranteed work, personal service and competitive prices. Be sure the company has been in business for a long time and is able to offer a written quote as well as a warranty.

These are some of the key things that you need to think about before you decide to go forward and install a new air conditioning unit. By doing your research in advance and looking carefully for the right company, you can ensure you find a great product at a great price that keeps your house cool for a long time to come.

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