When new homeowners decide they want to invest in an air conditioner, they sometimes rush through the buying process and don’t put any thought into long-term consequences. Don’t let this happen to you. The tips below will get you started on the right foot.
1. Don’t Rush Your Decision
Buying an air conditioning system isn’t the most exciting task in the world, so it’s understandable that you would want to get it done as fast as possible. However, this approach will only lead to regret. Unless you’re willing to pull it out and start over again, you will be stuck with what you chose for as long as you live in the house.
2. Be Careful About Where You Install the Unit
Don’t stick the unit in a random spot in your home. It’s important to be more selective and weigh your options before you make a final decision. For example, choosing an area where there is a significant amount of sunlight will force your air conditioner to work 10 percent harder.
3. Use Square Footage to Determine the Unit You Need
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know what to do, there is a process you can use to select your air conditioner. What is the square footage of the room you want cooled? This will determine the capacity (or British Thermal Units) the air conditioner should have. For example, a room that is 500 square feet will need a 12,000 BTU unit at the very least.
4. Realize You Probably Won’t Cut Your Energy Expenses in Half
While the world of air conditioning has greatly improved in the last 10 years, you shouldn’t go in expecting your system to cut your utility bill in half. Many manufacturers like to claim you can remove 50 percent from your bill when you invest in a new high efficiency system, but this isn’t the case. Few people cut more than 25 percent, and some never see any savings at all. The efficiency rating of a unit is determined in a controlled lab, not an average home. Keep this in mind.
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