Did you know that as many as 80% of new homes built in the U.S. have central air conditioning units installed?
What I like about a good central air system is it keeps the indoor temperature comfortable while filtering and dehumidifying the air. This is a great feature for me because I'm a huge allergy sufferer in the spring and summer seasons.
Not in the market for a new home? You can have an air conditioning system installed in a pre-existing home as well. When shopping for the perfect system there are a few things to know when buying a new air conditioner.
First – the size of the home you will be cooling
An important fator in choosing the air conditioning unit to fit your needs is the size of the home you will be cooling. All central air systems come in different sizes so in order to be most efficient it is important to keep that in mind. When in doubt consult a contractor.
Second – Energy Efficiency
An important consideration of your new central air conditioning unit is the SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). New units are required to have a rating of 13 or higher, 13 is 30% more efficient than the previous minimum SEER of 10 while the average unit installed in old homes is around a 7 or 8.
It is estimated that by increasing the SEER rating from 11.5 to 13 you can save over $500 each year in cooling costs! That's just from replacing an old inefficient air conditioning unit, add a programmable thermostat to that and you'll be saving even more.
Third – Installation and location
After taking the size of your home and the efficiency of the new air conditioning unit into consideration you've probably made a well-informed decision. Now for the location of installation – it is important to be aware of teh surroundings of an outdoor unit ensuring the air will be able to flow freely in and out of it. Some units can also be noisy so taking the location into consideration is important especially if it is near a bedroom or outdoor entertaining area.
When in doubt consult a contractor, they will have all the answers you are looking for and will have feedback from customers on which units work the best. Keep in mind that not every family is the same so choose a new air conditioning unit keeping these 3 things in mind when making a final purchase decision.