According to the Department of Energy, you can save between 20% and 40% on your cooling costs if you replace a central air conditioning unit that is about 10 years old. Whether you’re replacing a broken air conditioner or upgrading, keep these important considerations in mind to get the most from your investment.
Learn About Efficiency
SEER ratings are important efficiency metrics to look for when you shop. According to the Department of Energy, the minimum SEER rating for a unit made after 2015 is 14. Anything above 13 is efficient. Many people who are on a budget and want efficiency choose a unit with a rating of about 16. Before you decide, research manufacturer rebates and tax incentives.
Choose the Right Size
If the unit is too big, it’ll switch on and off more often and raise your energy costs. If it’s too small, the unit will work harder to cool your home and will use more energy. In addition to considering your home’s square footage, consider how many windows and how much insulation you have.
Consider the Value
If you have a budget limit, look for units that meet your efficiency needs in your budget range. Be sure to factor in the cost of AC installation. Make a list of the models that meet your size needs. This will help you narrow down your choices. When it comes to value, consider the cost in relation to the manufacturer’s warranty. Keep in mind that you’ll also need to follow the maintenance and usage guidelines to keep the warranty valid.
To avoid unnecessary repairs and safety hazards, have a professional handle your new air conditioning installation in San Angelo. Feel free to call us if you want help choosing an efficient air conditioning unit that is optimal for your home’s cooling load.