A lot of assumptions are made by Marietta area residents when it comes to purchasing a new air conditioner, or even their first air conditioner. For instance, many assume that “bigger is better” and will rush out to find the biggest air conditioner they can find within their budget. This can end up being a huge mistake, and we’ll explore why below.
The main thing we want our customers to know, is that an air conditioner purchase isn’t an investment you just want to rush into. There are so many factors to consider, and diving into them all will ensure that you make an educated decision on what’s best for your specific home and needs. So, how do you do that? Well for starters, it helps to work with a highly qualified team, such as ours!
Read on as we uncover the top 3 questions to ask when purchasing an air conditioner.
What Size System Do I Need?
As we alluded to above, bigger is not always better. An air conditioner must be properly sized for your specific home. A system that is too large, and therefore too powerful, for your home can be just as detrimental to your home comfort and system efficiency as an underpowered system can be.
What our professional technicians do when determining the correct sizing of your air conditioner is conduct what’s called a cooling load calculation. We look at factors such as, yes, the square footage of your home, but also we look at how high the ceilings are in your home, the level of insulation you have and how much, and even the number of windows and doors inside your property.
This all helps us determine the exact right system for your home.
How Do I Know if it Is Efficient?
Air conditioners have a rating known as SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system is. Efficiency is defined by how much power you get from the unit versus how much energy it consumes. Naturally, the more efficient an air conditioner is, the lower your utility bills will be.
Your air conditioner will have its SEER rating on the side of the indoor unit. You can also ask one of our AC professionals. The lowest SEER rating available for systems sold in Georgia is 14, while the highest is 25. Our professionals can help you do a cost analysis to see if going to the highest SEER will save you enough to recoup the costs of your initial investment.
Should I Sign Up for a Maintenance Plan?
The answer to this will always be a “yes” from us! Maintenance helps your home comfort systems operate as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. Annual tune-ups are vital to keeping your air conditioner in great shape–biannual if you have a year-round heat pump system.
Our Metro Atlanta HVAC VIP Club Maintenance Plan affords customers efficiency and performance in addition to other benefits such as discounts on repairs, 24-hour priority scheduling, and much more. Please reach out to our team to learn more!