Upgrading your air conditioner is an investment into your home and your home comfort, whether you’re replacing your current air conditioner or purchasing one for the first time. As you shop around for your new air conditioner, you’ll notice that when it comes to cost there is quite a broad range, but there’s a reason each unit has a different value. There are three main factors you’ll need to consider as you evaluate the cost of your new air conditioner.
The SEER rating, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating, is one of the first things you should look for when you’re evaluating the cost of a new air conditioner. You can calculate the SEER rating by dividing the total cooling output over a typical cooling season by the total energy required to generate that level of cooling over a season. Essentially, it represents the efficiency of a unit, and the higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit. It also usually means that the higher the SEER rating of a unit is, the higher its cost will be, but it also means your monthly bills will be lower. So, choosing a unit with a higher SEER rating will benefit you in the long run.
Air Conditioner Size
You’ll also need to consider the size of the AC you need when you are determining what a reasonable cost for a new air conditioner is for your home. Air conditioners are sized according to the amount of space they’ll be cooling and the unique load on that space including insulation, air leakage and radiant heat gain. When it comes to cooling systems, bigger isn’t always better. The larger the air conditioner you need for your home is, the more it will cost and the more energy it consumes. A unit that is too small will be cheaper, but it won’t be able to adequately cool your home. You should consult with an HVAC specialist to determine what the right size for your home is.
Manufacturer & Model
When you shop for anything these days, you’ll become overwhelmed with the selection of brands and models available, and you’ll find that the same is true when you start shopping for a new air conditioner, which will impact the cost as well. It’s important to do your research because a high price tag doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best piece of equipment for your home, and although a low-price tag can be tempting, it could end up costing you more in the long run if it’s inefficient.
Remember! The price you pay will soon be forgotten, but the quality of the equipment and installation linger on.
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