3 Tips For Buying Your First Air Conditioner
Buying a new air conditioner for the first time can feel a little overwhelming. It’s such an important investment for your home, you want to make sure you are going with the right one! If you’re totally lost trying to choose a new AC, here are three tips to keep in mind to help with your purchase.
1. When You Buy Can Save You Money
The time of year you buy your system can actually save you money. Depending on the type of air conditioner you get, you may be able to get discounts when buying a new AC in the winter.
The reason for this is pretty obvious. Demand for air conditioners greatly decreases in the winter. So both manufacturers and distributors are more likely to offer discounts and deals. Plus, in Florida, this is the “slow” season for AC companies, so you won’t have to wait for your new air conditioner to be installed.
2. Pay Attention to the SEER
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Every air conditioner is given a SEER rating to tell consumers how energy efficient they are. The ratings start at 13 and go all the way up to 23 for central air conditioners.
The higher your SEER rating, the less energy your system will use. This is vital for those living in Florida, since energy bills skyrocket in the summer. It’s recommended that homeowners choose an AC with a SEER rating of at least 16 in hot, humid climates. While air conditioners with higher a SEER cost more up front, you’ll save in the long run with lower electricity bills.
3. Bigger Isn’t Always Better
You may think you want the biggest air conditioner possible for the most cooling power. However, bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to your air conditioner. If your AC is too big for your house, it will cool very quickly, then shut off. This would be fine if cooling your home was your AC’s only job.
However, your air conditioner is also responsible for dehumidifying your home. When it cycles on and off too quickly, the system is unable to remove the moisture from your air. This can lead to high humidity indoors, making you feel uncomfortable. You need to make sure your air conditioner is sized exactly right to get the highest comfort possible.
Speak With a Professional You Can Trust
Buying a new air conditioner is a big investment. At Sea Coast Air Conditioning, we’ll help you find the perfect make and model for your home, and your budget. Just give us a call and speak with one of our experienced HVAC professionals, and discover what AC is right for you. Call today or make your appointment online for a free estimate!