Upgrading your cooling needs can improve your comfort level.
Buying a central air conditioner for your home can improve its resell value, save you on energy costs, and become a valuable upgrade. Knowing what type of central air conditioner to purchase can be confusing without knowing more about the units, the size to get and what is right for your family’s needs. There are many options and benefits to consider before making such a large purchase. This article can help alleviate some of the questions you may have.
Learn about costs and requirements.
Research the capacity of unit you will need to efficiently cool your home according to its size when gaining knowledge on how to buy a central air conditioner.
Have a load calculation performed by a certified HVAC contractor to determine what size of central air conditioning unit you should consider purchasing. This is according to your home’s square footage and insulation quantity, among other factors.
Find out the cost involved for installation and labor.
All companies will charge you to install your central air conditioning unit as well as fees for the labor.
The larger your unit, the higher the cost in your initial purchase.
Find out what upgrades cost and extra options that are available. Choose which ones to add according to your wants, needs and budget. Some such upgrades are a heat pump, humidifier, dehumidifier (depending on your climate) and an ionizer.
Learn about maintenance and upkeep fees such as cleanings, Freon refills and repairs. All of these items can include a service fee as well as parts and/or labor.
Research the benefits. Find out factors that benefit you when you install a central air conditioning unit at your home, such as:
Saving money on utility bills with energy efficiency that a central air conditioner provides.
Gaining tax cuts with the purchase of certain energy saving units.
Central air conditioners cool entire areas, not just one room as with a window unit.
Low noise level.
Climate control abilities by temperature.
Automated thermostats for ease of use during time away from home and sleep hours.
Learn about the variety of options and types available.
Choose a central air conditioner that’s either a split-system unit or a packaged central air conditioning unit.
A split-system unit houses the condenser and compressor in an outside metal housing unit and the evaporator is kept inside the house, usually in the attic.
A packaged central air conditioning unit has all three main components (condenser, compressor and evaporator) in one single compartment and is usually on a concrete slab next to the home or on the roof.