Whether you’re in the process of building a new home or simply looking to replace your old AC unit, choosing the right system can be stressful because there is no one size fits all. With so many different options out on the market, we understand that picking out the right air conditioner takes lots of careful planning. Below are factors you should consider when shopping for the ideal air conditioning unit.
The first step in picking the right AC unit is to clearly define your budget. Deciding how much money you’re willing to spend will help you narrow down your options. Keep in mind that purchasing an air conditioner for your home is an investment, because it supplies the air you breathe and the level of comfort you and your family experience.
When shopping for a new air conditioning unit, most homeowners are looking to buy one that provides a whole-house solution. This is known as a central air Conditioning system. This system replaces warm air with cool air, which effectively cools down the temperature of the entire home. On the other hand, if you’re wanting to focus on a particular room such as your work office, studio, or bedroom, a smaller unit would be your go-to option. Here are two very common options:
Window Air Conditioners are suitable for this situation, because they are designed to cool down a single room. This type of AC unit uses two air cycles. To cool the living space, a fan blows air over the evaporator on the inside of the device. A second fan located on the outside of the window unit blows outside air over it, aiming to keep it cool. Window air conditioners are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. All you need is a window!
Ductless mini-split systems include both an indoor and outdoor unit. These units are connected through refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring. The indoor unit is mounted on a wall and directly delivers heating and cooling into your living space. This system has many benefits such as high energy efficiency, an easy installation process, and room flexibility.
Although some AC units simply need a window to be installed, some can be quite complex. If you are currently renting a house or apartment, or are thinking about selling your home in the future, you should review the HVAC requirements per your local building code. Doing so can save you from legal trouble and it will ensure that you’re up to date with building code standards. If this is something you’re not familiar with, the technicians at Rogers can help you figure it out.
When considering energy efficiency, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is a great resource as it standardizes star-rated energy efficiency ratings (EER). Before you buy an air conditioner, check to see whether it has an energy efficiency star rating. Higher numbers of stars indicate greater efficiency. So, why is energy efficiency so important? An air conditioner with better energy efficiency consumes less energy and helps you save money on your energy bills. Lower energy costs equate to cost savings, therefore an energy efficient unit is the way to go!
We are here to walk you through this exciting purchase and clear any doubts you may have.
Taking into consideration all of these important factors before making a decision will help you get started on the right path. Give us a call at (434) 230-0093 for any questions or air conditioning help today!