Even if your current air conditioner still works, if you’ve had it for anywhere from five to ten years you may be interested in replacing it. There are two main reasons homeowners opt to replace an air conditioner that still works: because they don’t want to wait until their current unit breaks down, and because they want a more energy-efficient unit.
Because AC technology has come a long way in recent years, simply upgrading to a newer unit can have a significant impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Once your new unit is installed, you’ll be amazed by how much you save on your bills every month. Since looking at all the air conditioning units that are available can be overwhelming at first, it’s helpful to know how to narrow down your search:
Choose the Right Size
The top mistake homeowners make when it comes to buying a new air conditioner is not choosing the right size. Although many people assume that bigger is always better, that’s not necessarily true for ACs. If a system is too big, it will leave moisture in the air. If it’s too small, it will never fully cool the house. Fortunately, you can avoid both of these unpleasant scenarios by knowing the correct square footage of the space your new air conditioner will be cooling.
Do Pay Attention to Ratings
While it’s common for consumer product ratings to be nothing more than a marketing ploy, that’s not the case with air conditioners. The two ratings you need to pay attention to are EER and Energy Star. EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio. Since a higher number indicates better efficiency, it’s generally best to go for the highest rating you can comfortably afford.
You’ll also want to confirm that the air conditioner you choose is a certified Energy Star appliance. Because the guidelines for receiving this designation are well-defined and strict, choosing an Energy Star AC allows you to purchase with confidence.
Don’t Forget About Installation
Once you find the perfect new system, there’s still one more step that needs to be completed. Before you can start using it, you need to have your unit installed. While some homeowners think they can save money by installing a new AC on their own, it’s actually almost never a wise decision.
Not only can be it be very difficult to install an air conditioner, but due to the amount of electricity that goes through this type of system, someone without proper training can seriously injure themselves. As a result, it’s best to let a professional handle this installation. Keep in mind that depending on the specific unit and where you purchase it, free professional installation may be included.