Buying a new air conditioner can be a daunting task, not only because of the expense, but also because of all the choices. It’s good to have lots of choices, but that doesn’t mean each option fits your needs. One of the most important things you need to do is to work with a professional. Do not assume you can go outside and guesstimate what you need based on what you have. You will be seriously disappointed in the results.
When it comes to replacing your unit, there are several things you need to know before you purchase:
- Size Matters – if you buy a unit that is too small for your house it will work overtime trying to keep it cool and leave you with an extremely high utility bill. If it’s too large it will cycle on and off way too frequently and your wallet will take a hit on that one as well. Having the appropriately sized unit equals comfort and energy efficiency.
- SEER Ratings – Since 2015, the minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio set by the U.S. Department of Energy is 13-14. Having an “energy efficient” classification needs a SEER rating of 14-22. So, even if you do not completely buy into all the energy efficiency business having a unit with a good SEER rating is imperative. The more energy efficient your unit is the lower your utilities will be and the longer your unit will survive.
- High Efficiency Models – these units all have an ENERGY STAR label on them, which means they are classified as the most efficient units. While these will cost a little more upfront they will save you in utility bills down the road.
- Maintenance – it is extremely important to keep your unit (even knew ones) well cared for. Annual maintenance is a must for reaching maximum comfort levels and controlling indoor air quality.
Let the professionals at Carmine’s help you determine which unit is the one that best meets your needs. You may currently have one that is not appropriately sized for your home especially if there have been additions to the home. Give us a call today at 203-791-8089.