How to Choose the Best AC For Your Home
You HAD the best AC. But after 12+ faithful years, it finally happened. Your home comfort system exhaled its last comforting breath. Now what!? Depending on the time of day and your tolerance of the outside conditions, it’s time to conduct some research. Below are a few things you’ll need to consider as you weigh your options.
Know Your Numbers
In order to identify what system is best, you’ll need to have an engineering analysis performed on your home. An HVAC professional will measure every inch of your layout and plug data into a formula that will dictate what size system will be most effective in that space. They will also inspect your refrigerant lines, electrical circuits, and duct system because newer, more efficient systems have different requirements to ensure correct airflow (a lot can change in a decade).
Bigger Isn’t Always Better
Contrary to popular belief, having a larger system will NOT guarantee comfort in your home. The biggest challenge with an oversized unit is short cycling, meaning the system cools the house too quickly, not removing enough humidity, and repeatedly turns on and off after only a few minutes. This leads to unnecessary stress on the unit and a very uncomfortable home. On the flip side, a unit that is too small will not work properly either. Struggling to keep up doesn’t allow enough airflow so there are hot and cold spots throughout your home.
It Should Work Smarter, Not Harder
Efficiency is a big selling factor when it comes to the latest home comfort systems. It’s measured by a single number knowns as a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. Currently in the state of Virginia, modern air conditioners must currently have a minimum SEER value of 14 (the average was 10 in 1992). A higher SEER rating means more features and bigger energy savings. It may come at a price though, as higher efficiency can make the system cost more.
Don’t Forget to Treat Yourself
Did you know there are some additional ways to upgrade your home comfort system (whether it’s a new installation or a just few years old)? If you have comfort issues throughout your home, are concerned about your indoor air quality, or prefer to control your thermostat from your smartphone, there are a number of features available you can add to virtually any system. Decide what is more important to you now and what will be important to you ten years from now: comfort, clean air, convenience, or all three?
You Get What You Pay For
A major concern about a new home comfort system is the cost. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost for an AC or heating system is anywhere from $5,000 – $10,000. Please remember – this is a major investment in your home, so spending a few extra dollars is well worth it to make sure you are getting the best! Depending on your circumstances, you should also make note of the long-term values associated with your options: higher efficiency, added features, long-term warranties, etc. If you aren’t prepared for this expense, no- or low-interest financing options are also available for those with approved credit.
So Why Choose One Hour?
We’ve been serving the Hampton Roads area for over 40 years and maintain an A+ rating with the BBB. It’s not our job to tell you what to do. It’s our job to show you what’s available and let you decide what would work best in your home. Each of our team members have a spotless driving record and are tobacco free, drug tested, and background checked for your peace of mind. If you’re looking for the best AC system, we offer a No Pressure Process that begins with a FREE, no-obligation appointment (scheduled at your convenience) with one of our Comfort Advisors. Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee says it all – we will stop at nothing to provide you the best service possible.
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