Purchasing a New Air Conditioner

What You Should Look For When Purchasing a New Air Conditioner

Many homeowners eventually face the decision of repairing or replacing their air conditioner. If you’ve made the decision to go through a replacement, the amount of options on the market can be daunting. At I Want SMART, our professionals will guide you through the decision-making process so the only thing you have to worry about is staying cool in the summer heat.

Look at the Manufacturer

An air conditioner is not an everyday purchase. It’s not as simple as paying your phone bill or a new pair of shoes. If you’re buying a new air conditioner, it means you’re looking for something to last you through many more summers. That’s why it is essential to pick a reputable brand that has the quality and durability to remain efficient for the needs of your home. The best systems quietly work to lower your utility bill by using less electricity year after year.

High Ratings and Reviews

A solid air conditioner is more than just a machine; it also comes down to the intangibles. HVAC units with high customer ratings and reviews are definitely ones to consider. Of course there are going to be people who are biased one way or the other, but it’s important to do your research to make sure the general sentiment around the brand is positive. Reading about different scenarios regarding the AC unit and how quickly/efficiently current customers were able to resolve issues is vital to getting your money’s worth. As you search, check to see what reviews say about maintenance checks, the manufacturer’s customer service, and price comparisons. All these factors will play a role in narrowing down which unit is right for you.

High Efficiency Rating

In addition to high customer ratings, the ideal system will be proven to have high efficiency ratings. An air conditioner is named efficient when it uses a minimal amount of energy to distribute equal levels of air throughout your home. Certifications from accredited organizations and partners dedicated to energy conservation are a sign the manufacturer prioritizes saving you money in the long run. To investigate this further, you can reference those organizations’ websites and read consumer reports about the actual dollars saved. It’s tempting to go with the easy option of just going with a brand name, but that doesn’t always mean efficiency. Ultimately, you decide what efficiency is right for your home and pick the unit to match.

The Right Size

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is choosing the wrong sized air conditioner. In their defense, it can be tricky. This depends on more factors than you would think, like square footage, building materials, and direction the house faces to name a few. A term you will most likely hear tossed around is “tonnage.” Although pronounced like the weight measurement, it refers to the amount of heat a certain unit can remove from a home in an hour. This load varies per home, contingent on ceiling height, window count, and overall airflow. Having one of our professional contractors evaluate the heat load of your home will help you pick the right-sized unit the first time.

Choose a Credible Contractor and Installation Service

In the long haul, potentially the best thing you can do to make sure your air conditioner is the proper type, durability, size, and efficiency for your home is hiring a professional to perform an inspection. Our contractors are located all over the Chicagoland area to help you understand your HVAC equipment and save you future headaches. We are specially trained in all systems and can give the recommendation that will keep you and family cool this summer.

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HVAC maintenance tips

Common Summertime HVAC Maintenance Tips

Summer is here, which means time spent outside with family and friends. You don’t want to spend all that valuable time worrying about your air conditioner. In the end, spending a small amount of time doing basic checks on your system could save you both time and money.

Here are some simple maintenance tips to help you get through the summer and identify problems for a professional to handle.

Change your air filter

Switching out your air filter is an essential part of keeping your HVAC system functional and your home filled with healthy air. A dirty air filter is one of the most, if not the most, common reason a system breaks down. Accumulated dirt will block air from flowing, and in turn damage integral parts to the safety and function of your furnace. Lack of adequate airflow can cause a range of problems that can become extremely costly.

Check your thermostat

Your thermostat is one of the most important components of your HVAC system. When it’s properly selected for your system, sending a signal, and set to the right temperature, it’s your greatest and simplest asset in living comfortably. Maintenance of a thermostat is pretty easy: if it’s acting up, replace the batteries and return it to your preferred settings. If for some reason it’s malfunctioning all the time no matter how many times you try to reset it, it might be worth purchasing a new one instead of spending money on repairs. Particularly with older models, it’s hard to find parts, and it’s worth the long-term added value to replace it. Be cautious, though, as improperly changing out a thermostat can cause unwanted problems. When in doubt, call an IWantSmart contractor.

Clear the area around the vent

One of the easiest ways to make sure air is flowing into your home properly is by allowing air to get to the furnace. Return vents can become blocked by furniture, pet dander, and toys that could become lodged inside. Keeping your vents clean will also decrease dirt, dust, and allergens finding their way inside your vents and further blocking airflow. Overall, be wary of your vent placement and keep the surrounding area clean.

Check if the system is draining

This is probably the most commonly overlooked part of HVAC maintenance, yet the most frequent as temperatures rise. The condensate line is important in removing condensation produced by your AC’s evaporator coil. Make sure the condensate drain is clear of debris and can flow freely.  A blocked or obstructed drain can cause a backup, and the water will flow from the pan and take an unintended path causing damage to the furnace and the surrounding floor.

Call a professional

Ultimately, the only sure-fire way to know how to resolve a problem is to contact a professional HVAC technician. I Want Smart’s technicians are put through thorough training and equipped with the knowledge to solve any problem you throw their way, allowing you to stay cool this summer.

Contact SMART today to figure out the smartest solution to your HVAC problems!