If you're thinking about replacing your air conditioning unit, many factors will influence this decision, some of which you may not even know. A good first step toward deciding whether to replace your air conditioner is to consult an AC installation service for guidance. Here are several considerations that influence a decision for air conditioning systems replacement.
1. Is There Ductwork Already in Place?
Will you pick a duct or ductless AC? If you already have a duct system in place, installing an air conditioner that can work with your existing ductwork will likely be cheaper and easier. If not, however, you could weigh the benefits of both duct and ductless systems depending on cost, building size, structural changes needed, etc.
2. What Were the Strengths/Weaknesses of the Previous Unit?
There is no point in doing a replacement with a unit as you had before. You need to know what was good and bad about your previous system to make an informed decision on what new system will be best for your home.
For example, if your old system's blower motor broke down frequently, it might be better to go with a more reliable brand. Or, if your old unit wasn't very energy efficient, it might be worth investing in something with higher energy efficiency ratings.
3. What Efficiency Do You Need?
You should aim for higher efficiency when doing AC replacement. Pay attention to its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) number. A high SEER number means that your unit will use less energy than one with a lower rating — this translates into big savings on your utility bills.
4. What Size Do You Need?
Are you doing AC replacement because the present unit has become inadequate? Perhaps you did a home remodel, and there are cold spots around the home. You need to make a good assessment of the desirable AC size.
This depends on factors like ceiling height and insulation. The AC service can do an accurate assessment using various methods and the square footage of the building.
5. What Latest Tech Features Do You Want?
An AC replacement should come with an upgrade in features for improved comfort, efficiency, safety, and ease of operation. Some of the newer features include built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to control your unit from anywhere via a smartphone app and compatibility with popular smart systems.
These smart home technologies allow you to adjust your temperature using voice commands or a smartphone app. You can also monitor system diagnostics and get leak and overheating alerts.
Replacing your AC comes with big benefits in higher efficiency, more convenience, and higher comfort and safety features. Call an air conditioning systems installation service to explore the features you need in an AC replacement.