Know These Guidelines in Choosing Your Air Conditioner
Buying an air conditioner, that will serve your needs and at the same time you’re your costs down, would require you to have some basic information before handing out your $3,000 or $6,000 money to the appliance store. Be aware basically that the prices of air conditioners are largely based on the size and cooling capacity of the unit that would answer your comfort needs.
Here are some of the things of consideration to guide you before deciding on the type of system to buy.
The first thing to know when buying an air conditioner is that when you buy it, the installation part is not easy and is not a DIY project for one to handle easily. This means that it is better that you hire a professional with the expertise in this area. The person who can evaluate the needs of your home with regards to the air conditioning needs and the structural challenges in the installation is a qualified HVAC technician.
Before anything else, you have to determine the size of your air conditioning unit to be purchased, and to do this, you should be aware of some factors that you have to consider. Among the conditions that you should ask and find out are the area and layout of your home or office, the kind of insulation you have in your home, how many windows, the size, and the kind of window shading your home has, what is the height of your home’s ceilings, do you have heat emitting appliances in your home aside from the lighting fixtures, the geographic location of your home and what is the climate in your locality, and if you have trees and other buildings that surround your home.
The next issue that you have to take into consideration is the readiness of your home for a central air system installation, which you should evaluate if your home has a provision for a central air system, or if you have a forced air heating system that the air conditioner can piggyback on, or if your home has a ductwork in place to accommodate the central air system. With these matters on hand, it is thus advisable that you get the services of a qualified HVAC technician.
In hiring a technician, it is best to ask about his experience in the business, or get recommendations from friends or relatives, so that you can decide on the most qualified person to do the job.
It cannot be emphasized more that the size of your air conditioner is a very important factor that will set its price. Thus, you will be able to narrow down your choice if careful consideration is taken about the area, the windows and doors, the readiness of your home for an air conditioning system and so on.