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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