Summer will soon be here, and if your air conditioner is on its last legs, the time has come to seriously think about replacing it. New air conditioning installation should ideally take place before the summer starts, when you have time to plan it properly. Not only does that allow you to take advantage of all the benefits of a new system, but you can avoid the problems that might come from trying to run your old, worn-out system for another summer. (There’s nothing worse than experiencing a catastrophic breakdown in the middle of a heat wave and having to scramble to install a new system when the temperature hits 100 degrees.)
Having made the decision to install a new system, however, there are still some big decisions you need to make. Every home is unique and every air conditioning system needs to reflect those specific needs. You need to determine what those needs are before installation can occur. Here are three things to consider that will help make that process a lot easier.
1. What Is the Best Type of AC for You?
Most of us are accustomed to traditional centralized air conditioners, which cool the air in a single location, then plow it into your home through a series of ducts They’re efficient and easy to operate, which is why they’re so popular, and chances are your home would do just fine with one.
Centralized air isn’t the only kind of AC out there, and depending on your home, you might do well to explore other options. That can include things like ductless air conditioners, which use multiple smaller units instead of one big one, or heat pumps which combine the effects of a heater and an air conditioner into one unit. Talk to your technician and see if such options would work for your home.
2. Make Sure Power Levels Match
The air conditioner’s power levels need to be balanced against the specifics of your home. If it’s underpowered, it will run all day and won’t ever get the house cool. If it’s overpowered, it will engage in a process know as short cycling: turning off rapidly and wasting even more energy. The ideal air conditioner has power levels that are perfectly balanced for your space: neither too larger nor too small, but just right.
3. Efficiency Matters
Once you’ve answered the first two question, look for the most efficient air conditioner in your category that you can. There’s a very easy way to do this. Look for the SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the rating, the better the system makes use of the energy it consumes. That translates not only to lower monthly AC bills, but reduced wear and tear on the system, and reduced risk of breakdowns and similar repair issues. Over time, it can even help extend the life of your system!
For quality air conditioning installation in Los Alamos, NM, call the friendly professionals at Santa Fe Express Plumbing and Drain today!