Buying a new air conditioner requires taking a lot of different factors into consideration. First, you need to select an air conditioner with the correct rating, size, and cooling efficiency.
In this article, we will talk about the fundamental steps of buying a new air conditioner.
1. First, select the right type of cooling system
Most homeowners get confused when confronted with different types of air conditioners. The most common type installed in most homes is the central air conditioner, which features ducts carrying cool air to the rooms.
However, there are many other types of air conditioners, each of which have their own pros and cons. You should consider calling Foulks to know about the benefits and downsides of each air conditioner type.
2. Have Foulks help you with sizing your AC unit
Air conditioner “size” refers to the cooling capacity of the unit. It is measured in tons or British thermal unit per hour (Btu/hr). One ton is equal to about 12,000 Btu/hr. The size of the air conditioner appropriate for the home depends on the area to be cooled.
For instance, an area of 100 to 150 square feet requires a unit with a capacity of 5,000 BTU. Also, an area of 450 to 550 square feet requires an air conditioner with a capacity of 12,000 BTU. You can read the U.S. Energy Star guide to find out the correct cooling capacity needed to cool your house.
3. Select an energy-efficient system
Another important thing to look for when buying a new air conditioner is the energy-efficiency. You should select an air conditioner with a cooling efficiency of more than 13 SEER. A higher rating will mean better energy-efficiency, resulting in increased savings.
4. Choose the right refrigerant type
When buying a new air conditioner, you should make sure that the unit uses the newer R-410A refrigerant. Do not be tempted to buy an air conditioner with older refrigerants, such as R-22. These refrigerants not only fail to cool the room properly, but will also cause harm to the environment.
5. Schedule annual maintenance with the Foulks team
Annual maintenance is essential to ensure the smooth operation of your air conditioner. Make sure that you contact a reputable technician—such as the team at Foulks—to schedule a tune-up of your cooling device. Dirt, dust, and other debris that build up inside the unit can cause serious damage to the unit over time. Having the unit serviced regularly will ensure that the system operates without any problems.
Interested in buying a new air conditioner? Contact the team at Foulks!
If you live in Hammond, Amite City, or southwestern Louisiana, call Foulks Heating and Cooling. Our NATE-certified technicians can guide you in selecting the best air conditioner for your home.