Whether you’re installing air conditioning for the first time, or if you’re replacing your current AC, there are a few ways you can go about doing research.
No matter what method you do choose though, there’s one method that we really advise against. It’s a method that gets homeowners in trouble time and time again by allowing them to install air conditioners they really didn’t want to install in the first place.
And just what is that method we speak of? It’s this one:
“Installing what you can because you have no choice.”
An overwhelming majority of AC installations in Colorado Springs, and in the whole country, happen immediately after the previous system breaks down. This doesn’t give the homeowner any time to do their own research into what would make the best AC for their personal needs. It’s an important decision—not just because it’s expensive, but because you’ll be stuck with that system for the next 15 years!
If you’re reading this now, it means you’re already on a good path. Here’s what you do next:
Shop Based on Needs, Not Wants
There are a lot of different air conditioners out there, each with their own set of unique features. While some of them may look fancy or sound convenient, so you really have to sit down and think about how that system will operate in your home.
Choosing a system that responds to your family’s needs, rather than what sounds like a nice feature, can go a long way.
A few examples to help you imagine what we mean includes:
- Standard central air conditioners. These provide whole-house cooling at an affordable rate, but they lack flexibility and control.
- Ductless heat pumps have plenty of flexibility and control, but they come at a price.
- Evaporative coolers are the best on budget and for a dry environment, but they don’t work well in every home.
Narrow Down by Efficiency Ratings
After locking down the type of system you want, you can then shop by efficiency. Efficiency is rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. Air conditioners are required to meet a minimum SEER rating to begin with, but you can do yourself one better by investing in a higher SEER rating.
Ultimately, a high SEER rating is what determines how much you’ll be paying every month in energy expenses. Buying an AC with a higher SEER rating can pay off with time. For a proper estimate, you’ll need to consult with your HVAC contractor.
Determine the Ideal Time to Replace
After getting your sights set on the ideal air conditioner, you then need the ideal time to replace. If you wait until the AC breaks down, it means that you’ve been letting your AC run inefficiently for quite some time (and, therefore, have been spending much more than necessary).
Instead, keep track of your monthly expenses, as well as the costs of repairs and maintenance. If those costs exceed more than 50% of the cost of a replacement, then you’ll know that it’s time to call in for your new AC.
Nothing makes the AC installation process go smoother than working with an expert. Contact Happy Heating & Cooling today to speak with an expert. If You’re Not Happy, I’m Not Happy.