Keep Cool With This Buying Guide: What to Know Before You Buy a New A/C Unit

Air conditioning unit installed beside a brick house with flowering shrubs.

As of 2015, almost 90% of homes in the U.S. have some form of air conditioning.

That includes central air systems, ductless mini splits, and window units.

With rising air temperatures and hotter summers, air conditioning has become less of a luxury and more of a necessity.

The problem is, how do you choose the right central air unit for your home?

Luckily, the right information can help. Read on to learn what you should know before you buy a new AC unit.

AC Unit Size Matters

When it comes to air conditioners, you might think that bigger would be better but that’s not the case.

In fact, if your air conditioner is too big, your home will feel cool but clammy.

That’s because it won’t run long enough to remove the humidity from the air.

Your home will feel damp and uncomfortable.

If it’s too small, the unit will struggle to keep your house cool.

Plus, your air conditioner will run all the time which will raise your utility bill.

Luckily, a skilled technician can determine what size air conditioner you need.

They’ll do a load calculation for your home by looking at factors like square footage, insulation, and roof material.

Based on this calculation, they’ll decide how many BTUs (British Thermal Units) you need from an air conditioner.

BTUs measure the cooling power of an air conditioner.

Know the Required Maintenance Schedule for Your AC Unit

An air conditioning system can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years.

With regular maintenance, your system can last at least 15 years. If you’re not as diligent, you might not get as many years out of it.

You’ll need to replace the air filter, schedule yearly maintenance, and call for air conditioner repairs when you need them.

All of these steps are important for your unit’s lifespan.

When you’re buying a new air conditioner, make sure to factor these additional expenses into your budget.

Energy-Efficient Units Are Worth the Investment

Energy-efficient air conditioners are sometimes more expensive upfront, but it’s worth it for the savings you’ll get in the long-term.

In fact, upgrading to a high-efficiency air conditioner can cut your energy usage by 20 to 50%. Those energy savings are good for both your wallet and the environment.

If your unit is more efficient, it won’t need to run as often because it won’t take as long to cool down your home.

Efficiency is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). According to government regulations, the lowest acceptable rating is 14 and the highest is 22.

When you’re researching air conditioner brands, look for units that have the Energy Star label.

This identifies the most efficient appliances and products on the market. These products have very high SEERs.

Ready to Buy a New AC Unit? Hire a Professional

Once you’ve decided to buy a new AC unit, you need to choose a skilled technician to install it. After all, an air conditioning unit is only as good as its installation and maintenance.

At On Point Service Company, we provide honest estimates and reliable service.

Plus, most AC replacements take only one day to finish.

If you’re ready to upgrade your air conditioning system, contact us today.


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