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AC Sales and Installation. Three Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Air Conditioner
Spring and summer in New Jersey start out beautiful, but by late June we are starting to see how warm it can get. If this most recent heat wave has you thinking about how miserably hot it will be in July and August, you might be considering installing a central air conditioning system or replacing your current air conditioning system. If so, we have three tips to keep in mind when shopping for your new system.
Buy a unit that is sized right for your home.
Many people mistakenly believe that bigger is better and buy air conditioning units that are bigger than they require. Air conditioners are measured in tons, which does not refer to the size of the units, but to the amount of air that they cool, and people think that bigger units will result in a cooler home and more efficient cooling. However, bigger units actually result in less efficient operation; they cycle on and off more frequently to cool the same amount of air and they do not remove a sufficient amount of humidity from smaller air space. The result is a home that feels muggier than a home with the right-sized air conditioning unit, and higher utility bills. Of course, a unit that is too small is also a problem; it will have to run constantly to provide cooling and may not be capable of cooling the entire home.
Buy an efficient model.
Many people assume that all new air conditioner models are energy efficient. While it is probably true that any new model you purchase is going to provide energy savings over older models, there remains a huge variation in efficiency in air conditioner models. Higher efficiency does not always mean a higher price tag, though the higher price tag associated with some of the most efficient brands may be well-worth it in projected costs savings over the lifetime of the unit. A First Choice salesperson can not only explain to you the features of each of the models, but also help you compare the lifelong operating costs of each model. You may find that a more expensive model actually pays for itself in savings in a relatively short period of time.
Make sure that your new air conditioner is properly installed.
Home air conditioner installation is not a do-it-yourself venture, unless you happen to be a certified HVAC technician. The units are complex and even a simple mistake could not only lead to less efficient performance, but actually put your entire system at risk. At First Choice, we send installation experts for all of our new air conditioner installs, so you know that the job will be done right, the first time.