3 Things You Must Know Before Buying A New Air Conditioner


Do you have an air conditioner that's on its last legs? Have you been looking at air conditioning units and trying to decide which one to buy? Shopping for an air conditioner can feel strange and confusing, with the various models having mysterious names and numbers to differentiate themselves from other similar models. If you're not an air conditioning professional, you may feel like picking one at random and saying that's what you'll buy. But there are a few things that you really need to take into consideration before you buy an air conditioning unit. Some of the most important of these include:

House size:

Before you go any further, you need to figure out exactly how much air needs to be cooled. Fortunately, an air conditioning installation professional will be able to measure your home and calculate the volume of air. All air conditioners are rated to cool a certain number of cubic feet of air. If you have a home that is 20,000 cubic feet and buy an air conditioner that is rated to cool 10,000 cubic feet, your home will not cool properly and the air conditioner will die prematurely due to overwork. On the other hand, if you buy an air conditioner that is rated at cooling 100,000 cubic feet, the unit will not only cost more than necessary but all of the starting and stopping will also cause excessive wear and cause the unit to break down prematurely. For the best value, you need the right size unit for your home.


If you already have an air conditioner, you may think that it's best to simply replace the one you have. This is normally true, but you should also consider whether or not you also want a window air conditioning installation, for instance. While a roof or ground unit can cool your whole home, it also eats up a lot of energy. A supplemental window unit can keep a bedroom cool while you sleep without wasting energy cooling the entire home. Although purchasing an extra unit or two will cost more up front, the savings on your energy bill can make it worth the investment.

Energy needs:

Saying you want a supplemental air conditioning installation is all well and good but is useless if you don't have the wiring to support it. An air conditioner draws more energy than a television or a computer and might overload the circuitry in some older homes. Before you talk to an air conditioning professional, it might be a good idea to have an electrician check out your wiring to see whether or not you can safely plug in the air conditioner(s) you want or whether your home might need to be rewired to support this.

For more information, reach out to an HVAC company such as Extreme Climates.


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