Buying an Air Conditioning System

The selection and installation of an air conditioner is a major project for both businesses and homes. It is important to replace your failing unit before it breaks down completely if possible. On the other hand, it also makes economic sense to obtain the greatest possible use from your old air conditioning unit. According to Conditioned Air Solutions (http://www.conditionedairsolutions.com/), additional factors to consider in your purchase decision include the type, efficiency and functionality of your new unit, the square footage needing to be cooled, and your choice of installer.

Efficiency

Efficient air conditioners are more expensive.

  • Compare the initial cost of a new unit against its operational cost.
  • Central units for residential use are typically rated with the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating system. This rating allows you to make an effective comparison of the operating costs of different units.

Types

AC Units normally come as: portable units, central air units and room units. A portable air conditioner is easily moved from room to room; they are a cost-effective method of cooling a single room. Central cooling units cool your whole home and cost less to operate than multiple room or portable units. A central air conditioner also makes less noise since the indoor unit is typically installed in the attic, away from the living areas.

Area

If an air conditioner is too small, it may not provide adequate cooling even if it runs continually. An air conditioner that is too large may cost more to operate because it is frequently turning on and off. Large air conditioners that cycle on and off frequently may also have difficulty with removing excess moisture from the air.

Functionality

All air conditioners can perform the basic function of cooling air, but many units can perform other tasks. Many modern air conditioners have a dehumidifier that reduces the moisture in the air as it passes through the unit. Some air conditioners also have an electronic air filter that removes particles from the air, which can be helpful if you have allergies.

Installation

The installation of a central unit generally requires a professional contractor who is licensed to perform this task. It is important to select an installer who specializes in your particular type of installation. Businesses should especially careful to hire installers with experience in commercial air conditioners, as these units are much larger than residential units.