Being away from home is hard enough but dealing with another country’s weather condition is a different topic. Choosing an air conditioner that fits your home is a very important decision as well as an important investment. When the heat gets worse around the summer, you want your family to feel as comfortable as they possibly can. If you’re choosing an air conditioner this year, here are some things that you need to consider.
The best air conditioners are efficient and operate on minimal electricity so you won’t get crazy electrical bills. They provide good performance for long years as long as they are well maintained. They perform quietly and are not prone to breaking down.
How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?
An air conditioner that’s too small for the size of your house will not cut it but an oversized air conditioner is not good as well. You will need to turn it on and off more than usual and it will waste more energy than you think. It might also damage the compressor while you’re at it.
A contractor can determine the right size of air conditioner that fits your home by studying your cooling requirements. He will consider the window dimensions and exposure, insulation and climate, floor space as well as the appliances that generate heat. He will take note of the direction your home faces and even the part that are under the shade of trees.
Which air conditioners are energy efficient?
Just like cars manufacturers, air conditioner manufacturers are required to evaluate or rate the equipment that they use based on its energy efficiency. This rating is also known as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the rating, the equipment turns out to be more efficient.
Most homes that have central air conditioning use a standard model. But when replacement is needed, they can upgrade to a more energy efficient equipment. An example would be the Rheen Series that has a rating of 18 and is one of the highest ones available today.
Are some air conditioners built better than others?
A unit’s compressor is the main part of a condensing unit. If the temperature is hot, it works very hard. The best compressors are scroll compressors and are known as the leader in efficiency, reliability and quiet operation.
You should also look at the steel cabinets that house the coils. Remember that when coils are damaged, you need to pay expensive repair bills.
The fan is also another thing to consider because some are very noisy that you cannot even sleep through the night with it turned on.
What should I look for in a contractor?
You should have a contractor that you can depend on and has an office nearby so you can get faster service when you need it. They should have a reputable name and have a good inventory of air conditioner parts so you won’t have o wait too long if you need a part replacement. They also need to have an experience of at least 5 to 10 years.