The purchase and installation of an air conditioning system is a massive investment. Nonetheless, it is not uncommon to find that some people believe that opting for the cheapest solution available will be a viable option, as long as they can get some relief from the sweltering heat. The reality is that not weighing your options could leave you with subpar performance and an unreliable AC unit. So how can you make sure that you are getting your money's worth? This article outlines a couple of tips that will help you ensure that your air conditioning system adds value to your residence.
Tip 1: Upgrade the technology
Window units remain one of the most affordable air conditioning systems, but while the upfront cost may seem like a bargain, you should factor the long term ownership costs that you will be burdened with. For starters, window units require a considerable amount of maintenance if they are to have a long lifespan, so you will be shelling out money regularly on the upkeep of this unit. Additionally, window units are not nearly as energy-efficient as their modern counterparts are, which translates into costly electricity bills.
While state-of-the-art ACs do come with a hefty price tag, you can be assured that you will recoup your investment in electricity savings. For example, a ducted reverse cycle AC system allows for zoning so you only cool the rooms being occupied, and this can slash your energy bills substantially! Moreover, new tech is built for high performance without the need for incessant maintenance, which also accords you cost savings in the long run.
Tip 2: Choose the right capacity
A mistake some homeowners make when purchasing their first air conditioning unit is to base their decision on the size of the unit without taking into account the needs of their household and how this would impact the type of capacity required. Selecting an air conditioning system should never solely be about whether it is physically large or small enough in comparison to the size of the residence. Instead, several factors need to be considered when determining an ideal capacity for your unit. For example, you need to consider the thermal mass of your walls and how well your insulation works to retain your desired indoor temperature.
Furthermore, you need to factor in the type of illumination in your residence coupled with the presence of skylights and other heat-emitting sources that would impact the performance of the air conditioning system. The expertise of an HVAC contractor would be invaluable for calculating the right capacity and subsequently ensuring you buy a unit that will meet the demands of your household for the long term.
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15 December 2020
Howdy! I'm Hank and I am writing this blog so I can give you the lowdown on the cheapest and most effective ways you can heat or cool your home. I'm not a trained HVAC contractor but my brother is. Last year, I called up my brother and asked him to drive over and install a new HVAC system in my property. The old system wasn't cooling or warming my house and it was making a strange noise. During the installation, my brother gave me lots of great advice and explained exactly what he was doing at each step. I hope you find this information useful.