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4 Tips for Buying a New Air Conditioner

Posted on: April 21, 2017

An air conditioner is a sizeable investment. When it’s time to replace your AC unit, you’ll want to know that you’ve made the right choice. Here are four important considerations to help guide your decision as you shop for a new air conditioning system.

Choose the Right Size

Keeping your home comfortable in the summer requires a properly sized air conditioner. If the unit is too large, it will waste energy and drive up your utility bills. If it’s too small, it won’t be able to cool your home well enough—which could leave your family uncomfortable through the season. Sizing an air conditioner is a job for a qualified HVAC technician—so make sure they are evaluating the size of your home and taking it into consideration before installing a new system.

Choose the Right Efficiency

The SEER rating on an air conditioner indicates how energy-efficient it is. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system. You will need to find the right balance between a high SEER and a system that fits your installation budget. A system ranked between 14 and 22 will be labeled as “high-efficiency,” and all new units must have a SEER of 13 or higher. If you have questions about SEER ratings, your HVAC company can help!

Choose the Right Installer

The installation professional you use to install your air conditioner is almost as important as the system itself. You need a certified, experienced installation technician who is thoroughly trained on the type of system you’re installing. Look for one that has a strong reputation in your local area as well.

Understand Fair Pricing

A new air conditioner is a sizeable investment. Installing an air conditioner can cost several thousand dollars, and the unit you choose will dictate much of this price. When shopping for a new system and installation professional, ask what’s included in the price, so you know you’re comparing apples to apples.

Schedule AC Replacement in Maryland or Washington, DC

If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a new air conditioner for your Montgomery County home, James A. Wheat & Sons can help. Our team will find the right system that’s properly sized for your home and works well for your specific needs. Then, our trained, certified technicians will install it accurately for optimal efficiency and comfort.

If you need a new air conditioner and want to work with a trusted name in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area, contact James A. Wheat & Sons online or give us a call at 240-399-5051.