Do you know what you want out of your new cooling system?
Is your air conditioner approaching the 16 year mark? Is it just not performing as great as it used to? It may be time to consider a replacement. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all of the options to choose from when you go to replace your old cooling equipment. With a new air conditioner or heat pump, you can expect not only improved home comfort, but potentially energy savings as well.
Here are some of the things that you should factor into your decision before you choose the cooling system you want in your home.
Efficiency. Even standard-efficiency air conditioners installed today are significantly more efficient than those installed ten years ago. It is a good idea to invest in the most efficient equipment that you can afford. Upfront costs may be higher, but a high-efficiency system may pay for itself over its lifetime through efficient performance.
Air conditioner or heat pump? Have an air conditioner currently? Why not consider switching over to a heat pump? Heat pumps are a great option if you experience all kinds of weather. A heat pump is particularly handy on cooler spring and fall evenings when it is too cool for cooling, but not quite cool enough to warrant the gas furnace. Heat pumps employ a much more efficient method of heat transfer than other electric heating methods (that use heat creation).
Indoor air quality. Do you get the sniffles every year? Feel like you can’t escape your allergies even when you’re indoors? If you’re an allergy sufferer, you may want to consider adding an indoor air quality product, like an electronic air cleaner, to your HVAC system.
Outdoor unit placement. Did you know that where your system is installed matters? When a condenser is placed too close to the home, not only does it make it harder for a contractor to service or maintain your cooling system, but it could be restricting airflow as well. Restricted airflow makes your air conditioner work harder to cool your home, raising utility bills. Also, keep in mind that direct sunlight can also make your air conditioner work harder to cool your home. Make sure you ask your contractor about correct placement when it comes to your new system.
If you aren’t sure whether your air conditioner can make it through another hot summer, make sure you contact your local heating and cooling contractor. Spring is a great time to get a contractor out to your home. During the summer, it can oftentimes take a contractor a while to make it out to your home because of an abundance of emergency calls.