What to Consider Before Buying an Air Conditioner

Summer is here and with it comes the dreaded heat. As the temperature rises, so does the desire for a cool and comfortable home. If you’re considering buying an air conditioner (AC) to beat the heat, you’re not alone. But before you dive headfirst into purchasing the first AC unit you see, there are a few crucial factors to consider.

Comfort Pro will be your guide to navigating the world of air conditioners and ensuring you choose the perfect unit for your needs. Here are the key considerations:

Size Matters: Choosing the Right Capacity

Air conditioners come in various sizes, measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). A unit that’s too small won’t effectively cool your space, while an oversized unit will be inefficient and waste energy. To determine the right size, consider:

  • Square footage of your space: Larger spaces require higher BTU AC units.
  • Climate: Hotter climates necessitate a more powerful AC.
  • Insulation: Homes with good insulation can use a slightly smaller unit.
  • Sun exposure: South-facing rooms receive more sun and may require extra cooling power.

Efficiency is Key: Look for High SEER Ratings

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures how efficiently an AC unit cools your home. A higher SEER rating translates to lower energy consumption and reduced electricity bills. Look for units with a SEER rating of at least 14, with higher ratings indicating even better efficiency.

Features for Comfort and Convenience

Modern AC units offer various features to enhance comfort and convenience. Consider these:

  • Variable-speed operation: Maintains consistent temperature and reduces energy use.
  • Multi-stage cooling: Allows for quieter operation and staged cooling based on room temperature.
  • Smart control: Control your AC remotely using a smartphone app.
  • Dehumidification: Removes excess moisture from the air for improved comfort.
  • Air filtration: Improves indoor air quality by removing dust and allergens.

Installation and Maintenance

Proper installation is crucial for optimal performance and efficiency. Consider hiring a licensed HVAC professional to install your AC unit. Additionally, factor in ongoing maintenance costs, such as filter replacements and professional checkups.

Options

Comfort Pro is here to help with learning and understanding the different types of Air Conditioning options that exist. Be sure to visit our Air Conditioning page which breaks down 3 excellent choices:

Budget and Brand

Air conditioners range in price depending on size, features, and brand but you can’t beat Bryant when it comes to Central Air Conditioning or Side Discharge Air Conditioners. Be sure to visit these pages for model specifics and details.¬†

Bonus Tip: Consider Ductless Mini-Splits

For targeted cooling in specific areas, ductless mini-split systems are a great option. They offer efficient zone cooling without the need for extensive ductwork. Yes, Ductless systems offer both heating and cooling!

By considering these factors, you’ll be well-equipped to choose the perfect air conditioner for your home. Remember, a well-chosen AC unit will keep you cool and comfortable all summer long while saving you money on energy bills. So, do your research, choose wisely, and beat the heat!

Tom, Owner, Comfort Pro