What to Avoid When Buying a New Air Conditioner

What to Avoid When Buying a New Air ConditionerBuying a new air conditioner is a complicated process and in the San Antonio area, your comfort for months on end depends on the decisions you make. Since it’s a purchase you don’t make often, be careful you avoid these common pitfalls.

Ignoring Sizing

The contractors you interview should conduct a thorough analysis of your home’s cooling load. Elements include its overall energy efficiency, cubic footage and layout. The HVAC representative should discuss how you use your home, how many people live there and their ages.

A reputable contractor will input these data into software called Manual J to determine the size of the unit. The team will assess the existing ductwork’s size and condition using Manual D software and seal leaks or replace old ductwork entirely.

Ignoring the SEER

The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of the unit describes how much electricity it uses to remove the heat from your home. The minimum rating now stands at 14. Each rating over 14 indicates that the system uses 10 percent less energy.

A system with a 16 SEER uses 20 percent less than a 14 SEER air conditioner. Since heat and humidity are intense for much of the year, it’s important to consider a system with a high SEER rating. Over time, a more efficient system pays for itself in lower energy bills.

Not Shopping Around

It’s a good idea to interview at least two HVAC contractors when shopping for a new air conditioner. Besides the estimates, they may vary on the services they provide after installation. Choose the one who is a factory-authorized dealer and offers maintenance contracts.

Not Checking Licenses

At the very least, you should look up the contractor’s licensing status at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s website to verify that it’s active. Not using a licensed contractor to install the system could invalidate the warranty.

Avoiding these pitfalls when choosing a new air conditioner will help you achieve the cost-saving and comfort new systems provide. To learn more, contact Beyer Boys, providing HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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