We’ve all had buyer’s remorse. Some buying decisions aren’t too devastating; a bad meal wastes maybe $5-$15.
But getting a poor central air conditioner has much nastier consequences—10 to 15 years of high-energy bills and poor comfort in the summer.
Now THAT is buyer’s remorse you should avoid at all cost.
In this article, we’ll show you 4 important factors you need to consider when buying an air conditioner you won’t regret.
You know what no one loves? High utility bills in the scorching Georgia summer. That’s why it’s smart to invest in an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It tells you how efficiently the air conditioner cools your home compared to other air conditioners.
The SEER rating ranges from 13-22 (13 being the least efficient, 22 being the most efficient).
Remember the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”? Goldilocks needed to find a bed that was “just right” for her. Similarly, your home needs an air conditioner that’s sized just right for your home.
By “size” we mean, it’s ability to cool your home (or cooling capacity, in contractor-speak).
Air conditioner size is measured in tons. Most residential air conditioners fall somewhere on a scale of 1.5 to 5 tons.
Size is important because:
To find the right size/cooling capacity, a professional AC contractor should perform the ACCA's Manual J Residential Load Calculation. This calculation takes into account multiple factors to find the size that is “just right” for your home.
Installing the air conditioner properly is just as important as the quality of the air conditioner itself. According to ENERGY STAR, common installation problems can increase your heating and cooling costs up to 30% and drastically shorten the life of your air conditioner.
To make sure this does not happen to you, read our article: 3 tips for getting a quality air conditioner installation. This article tells you:
Your air conditioner needs regular maintenance just like your car. That’s why ENERGY STAR recommends that your air conditioner have professional maintenance a minimum of once a year. Twice per year is even better and is the most popular plan.
Yearly maintenance will:
To ensure you always get this maintenance, we suggest you get a maintenance plan when you buy your new air conditioner.
Call Ragsdale today at 770-443-1821 for a free in-home professional consultation and quote.
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