If the time has come to replace your AC system, there are several important questions you’ll want to ask in order to make sure you’re making the best decision for your household.
1. What is the Ideal Size AC Unit for My Home?
Factors that can impact this answer include square footage, layout, number and location of windows, local weather/climate, insulation, ventilation, and more. Consider having an energy audit conducted to help you find out the optimal size unit for your house.
2. How Efficient are the Units You’re Considering?
The AC system of a home can account for upwards of 40% of a home’s total energy expenditure, making energy efficiency a key consideration. Look for Energy Star certified units and a SEER rating of 15 or higher. The higher the SEER rating the better the efficiency.
3. How Good is the Warranty?
A new AC unit represents a big investment. One of the top questions you’ll want to ask is what the warranty looks like on the unit. Pricing may be reflective of warranties that have broader coverage or those which are longer in duration.
4. Will You Also Need a New Thermostat?
Thermostat technology has come a long way in recent years, with innovations in smart-technology, energy optimization and temperature control making a new thermostat worth a look.
5. What Will the Cost of Installation Look Like?
Certain types of units may require less labor, construction, modifications and more to install. As such, pricing for the installation of different units may vary widely.