Has the summer heat got you thinking about a new air conditioning unit?
With the onset of beautiful weather, you may be thinking of ways to keep your home cool and comfortable – or perhaps it’s simply time to replace your existing and aging unit.
If you’re looking to buy a new air conditioning unit, here are some things you should consider before making your purchase:
1. Take Advantage of Technology
Older air conditioning units can last between 10 and 20 years. HVAC technology has significantly evolved since then to create more environmentally-friendly and efficient units.
When looking for a state-of-the-art air conditioning unit, the most important factor you should consider is its energy-efficiency rating. A better rating means a significant savings on your hydro bill.
There are different rating methods to consider: SEER, HSPF, AFUE and EER. Overall, the higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioning unit.
2. Make Sure the Size of the Unit Fits Your Home and Space
An oversized or undersized HVAC system will cause you problems and cost you money. You want to be sure the unit is appropriate for your home’s space and size.
For example, having a unit too large for your home will cause the air conditioning unit to become less efficient because it will consume more energy than necessary to cool your space.
Alternatively, a unit that is too small for your home will not adequately cool your home and the system will end up with more wear-and-tear as it struggles to provide a comfortable temperature.
If you’re not sure which size unit is appropriate for your home, contact us at Peak Hydronics. Our professional HVAC technicians will be more than happy to advise you on proper unit size!
3. Ignore the Sticker Price
You may be tempted to grab a cheap unit to save money, but you will end up getting what you pay for – and perhaps paying more for repairs or a replacement.
A less expensive air conditioning unit is likely to need more repairs and be less energy efficient than a more expensive model.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the air conditioning unit’s energy efficiency instead of it’s price tag. Having a more efficient unit, even at a higher initial cost, is going to end up saving you money in the long run.
4. Get a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re getting a brand new unit, you may as well get a programmable thermostat to go with it as well.
A programmable thermostat will allow you to set the times and temperatures of your air conditioning unit. This automated system will help to maintain a constant and comfortable temperature in your home while saving you money on your hydro bill.
You can even get programmable thermostats that work with your smartphone so you can control and maintain temperatures even if you’re not at home.
5. Choose the Right Installer for the Job
Replacing your air conditioning unit on your own is completely possible – but not recommended.
It may seem like an easy job, but how the unit is installed will determine how well it runs. If you’re looking for an efficient and well-working unit, you should have it professionally installed.
Our expert HVAC technicians are always on hand to help you install your brand new air conditioning unit! Available 24-7 in Edmonton and its surrounding areas, Peak Hydronics can help you with all of your heating and cool needs.
If you’re ready to upgrade your home’s air conditioning unit, get in touch with us today!