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Buying a New Air Conditioner

There was a time when air conditioning was considered a luxury. It wasn’t until 1902, when inventor Willis Carrier created the first large-scale electrical A/C unit, that “conditioned air” was even an option for the public. But by the 1950’s, the residential use of air conditioning greatly expanded and in that decade became what it is known for today: a home essential. Air conditioning provides many things for the modern home including air circulation, humidity control and, most importantly, comfort. Today’s central A/C units have a typical lifespan of 12 – 15 years, so it’s imperative to find the right system for your needs.

If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, there are several key factors that you will want to consider. We have a compiled a list of the most important:

Choosing a Professional Installer –

Finding a professional HVAC company to install your new unit is the most important part of the equation. If you don’t already have a preferred HVAC company, then getting a recommendation from a friend is preferable. There are also several home service sites online that offer reviews of local plumbing, electrical and HVAC businesses. Contact at least three potential installers and get quotes on the work. Make sure that you get information on the make and model of the A/C unit(s) that they carry so that you can research the quality of the brand as well.

Installation –

There are two costs involved when you install a new A/C unit. There is the price of the new system and the installation price. You can opt to purchase a new unit yourself – and then hire someone to install it. This might work in your favor if you can buy a new air conditioner at wholesale – or find one sale. But even if you find a unit on your own, you will need a professional technician to perform the installation.

Unit Size –

One of the most important factors in searching for a new air conditioning unit is getting the appropriate size. If you are replacing a unit, there’s little question about the size your home requires. But if you are buying a unit for a new build – or simply outfitting an older home with central air you will need to make sure you find the right size. If it’s too small or too big for the square footage, you will be wasting energy – and your home will never be adequately cool. An HVAC technician should perform a load calculation which tabulates the square footage, insulation, climate zone and a number of other variables to determine the proper size.

More Information on Load Calculation

Energy Efficiency –

All modern air conditioning units are measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This rating measures the ratio of cooling capacity to the power input. The EPA requires all models manufactured after Jan. 1, 2015 to have a minimum rating of 14 on the SEER scale. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the air conditioner. However, the higher the number, the more expensive the model, so you’ll need to find a rating with a price point that works within your budget. In addition to the SEER rating, an Energy Star label certifies the most energy-efficient models on the market. Energy Star ratings take into the SEER number as well as the energy efficiency ratio (EER). Their seal of approval means that the unit will use 8 percent less energy than similar models on the market.

More on the SEER Rating

More on Energy Star

Annual Maintenance –

You will want to speak with your HVAC technician about annual maintenance programs after your unit has been installed. Regular maintenance will ensure that the unit continues to run at peak performance for years to come. An annual maintenance program will also ensure that your manufacturer’s warranty stays valid.

The Importance of HVAC Maintenance

When you decide that you need a new air conditioning unit, make Cassel Home Comfort your first call. We can help you with every step of the process – including setting up an annual maintenance contract. ________________________________________________________________________

Cassel Home Comfort Heating & Cooling is committed to being your best HVA/C contractor choice in Central Illinois in both Value and Customer Service! Call us to maintain your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in the Champaign, IL area:(217) 866-1596.

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