Things to Consider When Selecting a New AC System

If your home or building is in need of a new AC system, you could be a bit overwhelmed with all of the choices on the market. Different units have unique features and there is surely a perfect fit for your space and lifestyle. But what kinds of things should you consider? There are several factors that can make or break an AC unit, so being selective is crucial. Here are some of the things you should consider when selecting a new AC system.

Energy Consumption/Size

One of the first factors you’ll want to consider when choosing a new AC system is your energy consumption. How large is the space you’re cooling? How often do you run the air conditioner? How high does the temperature rise in your area? These are all questions that you’ll want to answer before making your decision. If you run your AC unit 90% of the day for 8 months of the year, you’ll want a high-performing, energy-efficient unit. If you’re only using AC for one or two months out of the year, you can opt for something a little less high-performing.

Noise

Let’s face it, air conditioning units can be noisy. If a noisy unit is something you just can’t handle, choose a unit that is labeled as “quiet.” However, some people don’t mind the noise and actually compare it to a soothing white noise machine. It really depends on your preference, but make sure to take noise into account.

Warranties

Something you might not initially think of when buying a new AC unit is its warranty. There are several different components of warranties for your unit. First look at the HVAC parts warranties. There may be different warranty terms for different parts within the unit. Look at these terms closely and make sure there are lengthy warranties for the AC compressor, furnace heat exchanger, parts, and labor. Labor warranties are especially important and sometimes forgotten, so don’t skip over that.

Air Quality

Air quality should be a priority for you as it keeps the air you breathe on a daily basis clean and you and your family healthy. Make sure you’re buying a unit that improves indoor air quality. If the unit doesn’t mention this, then it’s probably not the best choice. Pro tip: For the best air quality change the air filter frequently, according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Now that you’ve considered all of these factors in your AC unit selection, you should be able to make a great and well-informed decision. Have questions? Contact the 6 & Fix team.