Summer means that homes turn to air con systems to offer the much-needed refreshing cold air indoors. Any home replacing their cooling unit have selections of options. Some houses still make use of window units, but most now have central air conditioning units. Understanding the central air conditioning installation process can help you make important cooling decisions.
1. Size Correctly
The size of your home determines the amount of space that needs cooling. Air con systems are measured in tonnes and getting the right one influences cooling efficiency. It also influences how much you spend on cooling.
Most homeowners go wrong by getting an oversized unit that cools too quick but inefficiently. Going for a much smaller system means running it almost non-stop to achieve the desired cooling. A cooling system contractor can help figure out the right size for your home.
2. Look Into State Efficiency Incentivization
Air conditioning systems must meet the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standards. SEER measures the amount of cooling an air con system provider per power watt used. Cooling systems must now meet a 14 SEER rating, which is a 40% increase in efficiency compared to previous years.
Air cons that meet this standard run more efficiently translating to energy cost savings. Getting systems with higher SEER ratings further reduces your energy costs. It means paying a higher amount for the cooling system upfront, but some states make it cheaper with efficiency incentivization programs.
3. You Can Skip The Duct work
Ducting systems take up a lot of space and may not always be practical in all homes. Alternatively, if you have existing ductwork, a cooling contractor can connect the new air con equipment to your old ducting.
The contractor should first inspect the old duct works to figure out if they are still in the best shape. Repairing leaking ducting can help give older duct systems a new lease of life. Smaller homes, or homes where ducting systems are not practical, can opt for ductless AC systems.
4. Air Filter Needs
A central air conditioning system needs high-efficiency filters to function at its peak. Air filters help to clean the air that goes into the system to prevent dust and other debris getting released out into the house.
The filters also keep the internal parts of the system clean. It enhances operation efficiency by keeping debris away from the inner workings. Filters with a 12 MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating provide the most efficiency. However, these systems come at a higher upfront cost but save you as much as $500 off bi-annual maintenance costs.
5. Buy A Cooling System During Winter
To make the most savings off the initial buying price, get an air conditioning system in winter. It is the same premise with shopping for any electronic or product; you always want to take advantage of off-season pricing.
Most homeowners buy when in need as opposed to buying before the need. Contractors offering air conditioning installation services are likely to offer their services at significantly lower rates during winter. When their services are needed most in summer they will probably hike their prices.
Lastly, get the services of reliable contractors to guarantee safe and reliable air conditioning installation.