Any large purchase you make is stressful. You want to make sure you know all the facts before spending an astronomical amount of money. So before you buy a new air conditioner, make sure you know all the facts. You want to be sure that you pick a system that keeps your home comfortable, and that you can rely on for years to come. Here are just a few shopping tips to keep in mind when picking out a new AC.
Know the SEER Rating
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating is used to measure your air conditioner’s energy efficiency. Ratings can range anywhere from 8 to 23. The higher the rating is, the more efficient the unit will be. As of 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency has banned all air conditioners with a SEER rating of 12 or lower. That means the lowest rating you can get is a 13.
For those living in Florida, go with a SEER rating of at least 16. In the summer, we put a lot of stress on our air conditioners, so you will want one that is up to the challenge. A higher rating is not only better for the environment, it will lower your monthly electricity bill.
Check the Warranty
Nothing is more frustrating than having a new appliance breakdown. When making any big purchase, you want to make sure your investment is protected. Before choosing an air conditioner, check which ones have the best manufacturer’s warranty. Also, seriously consider additional warranties you can buy for your air conditioner.
Get the (Duct) Works
The ductworks are one of the most important parts of your system. It is in charge of delivering air throughout your home. It doesn’t matter if you get an amazing new unit. If you do not have the ductwork to properly deliver the air, your home will not be as comfortable as it could be. Chances are, if it’s time to change your air conditioner, you should also be updating your ductwork.
You Get What You Pay For
It might be tempting to go with the cheapest option for your new air conditioner, but you may be paying for it down the road. Going with a cheaper system with a lower SEER will cost you more each month on your electricity bill. Plus, cheaper units may not be able to properly cool your home. Don’t sacrifice your comfort, get a high quality air conditioner.
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