When homeowners shop around for a new air conditioner, they typically are not quite sure where to start. Many begin by calling around from company to company looking for the best deal on the installation. However, this is not the right way to go about it if you want to save money. There are two factors in a new air conditioning purchase that greatly impact the overall cost of ownership and how comfortable you’ll be for how long, and you should consider these aspects first and foremost.
The efficiency of a new air conditioning system is definitely something to consider if you want to save money. Right now, the price tag on a high-efficiency system could seem a little steep. However, the cost of ownership should be much lower, and you’re likely to notice a difference over the life of the unit in the number of repairs and the cost of your energy bills.
You can verify that your air conditioner is of a high efficiency by checking for the ENERGY STAR seal, the government’s stamp of approval for performance and efficiency, and you should check the SEER as well (the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). 14 is the minimum SEER in our area, but you should look for something with a SEER closer to 16 or more, if possible. However, it won’t run efficiently at all if it’s not the proper size.
The size of the AC system you need might not be something that you can find out on your own. We always recommend leaving sizing up to a professional, as determining size involves careful calculations with consideration for square footage, insulation, and other home features.
If the air conditioner is too small, you will likely not feel cool enough, and it might wear out early on due to overuse. However, if it’s much too large for the space in your home, it could short cycle, which can also use too much energy and wear out parts.
Call Aaction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. for air conditioning installation and replacement services in Savannah, GA. We do quality work at a fair price!