There are several things to keep in mind when buying a new central air conditioning system. Of course, price is important, but there are other things that people often overlook that can impact the overall experience. These can include aspects such as how much space needs to be cooled (the more space, the larger the unit you’ll need), to the energy efficiency of the system you are considering (newer systems may be more efficient than old ones). Also, it’s important to factor in things such as:
How well insulated is your home or building? Older buildings are often not as well insulated as modern ones. If a building is not well insulated, more cool air can escape, resulting in more work for your central air conditioning system. It’s also important to factor in how much direct sunlight the rooms receive; if a lot of direct sunlight gets in, it will take more work from your AC unit to keep the temperature at a comfortable level (especially in Central Texas!). This can be the case in buildings that have a lot of Westward windows that receive evening heat, or in buildings that do not have any natural shade.
Additionally, how energy efficient should the system you get be? Of course, the simple answer is: the more efficient, the better. When looking at systems you’re considering, be sure to check the BTU (British Thermal Unit) rating to determine how much power the unit requires. There are many online resources that can assist in calculating BTU.
It’s also important to look at the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Generally, the higher this measurement, the better. You will ideally want a system with a 13-14+ rating. This ensures that you will have a very efficient system, which can save quite a bit of money on your monthly electric bills. The initial cost will likely be higher for a more efficient system, but the monthly savings will add up fast.
Bear in mind that technology is rapidly advancing, and systems on the market today are generally much more efficient than systems that are a few years old. These newer systems may have a higher initial cost, but in addition to being more energy efficient, they will most likely last longer than an older system.
Finally, be sure that you buy well-known brands from reputable dealers. Better known brands will serve you better and longer than those that are still working out the kinks. And of course, be sure to choose a company you can trust to help maintain the system and ensure it runs at peak efficiency for years to come.
If you’re looking for advice to help ensure you choose the right system and help keep it running smoothly, give the experts at AirOne Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (512) 392-0022 where they’ll be happy to help you.