In the heat of the summer, your A/C is likely your best friend; however, one fateful day, it may blow its last bit of cool air. Hopefully this tragedy won’t happen to you in the middle of the unbearable summer heat, but if it does, you’ll be scrambling to find a replacement fast. To make your decision easier, here are some quick tips on buying a new A/C.
Get the right size
When we say “size,” we’re not talking about physical size, but the cooling capacity of the unit. Central air conditioners are sized in tons, so deciding how many tons you need to cool your home is an important decision. Luckily, you don’t have to shoot in the dark. A professional central air technician will do a load calculation to determine what size system you need.
Go for energy efficient
The U.S. Department of Energy has set a standard for the energy efficiency of an air conditioner. Manufacturers are required to make A/C units that have a minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of 13. The higher the SEER rating is, the more efficient the A/C is. A higher rating will also mean the unit is more expensive, but the amount you save on your energy bill makes it worth the investment.
Research the warranty details
Most air conditioners have a warranty, but different brands can have different conditions and restrictions. It is always a good idea to read over the details of the warranty before deciding on a system.
Warranties are generally voided if the unit is not installed or serviced by a certified A/C technician. Richmond’s Air is committed to providing you excellent service and will help you find the right air conditioner to meet your needs, so give us a call today.