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A Homeowner's Guide to Shopping for a New Air Conditioner

Last updated 4 years ago

Your air conditioner is one of the most important appliances in your home, which is why it’s crucial to shop smart for a new unit when yours finally reaches the end of its lifespan. Take a look at this brief air conditioner buyer’s guide to brush up on what to look for in a new unit:

Size

  • Size is one of the most important factors in buying a new air conditioner. Too small, and the unit will fail to cool your home adequately and break often; too large, and you’ll end up overpaying for a unit that uses more energy and fails to remove the humidity from the room. Be aware that not all air conditioners with the same efficiency rating (SEER) will perform identically, and that neglecting to find an appropriately sized unit will only impede its efficiency. While there are general guidelines for sizing an air conditioner, it is recommended to have an HVAC professional perform the calculations to find a suitable unit that will provide you with the best long-term savings.

style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 13px;">Efficiency

  • The average American household spends as much as half of its annual energy bill on heating and cooling alone, especially if you happen to live in Southern California during the summertime. An Energy Star air conditioner can help you save as much as 30 percent on annual heating and cooling costs compared to a unit that is just 12 years old.

style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 13px;">Long-Term Maintenance

  • A new air conditioner will obviously function well initially, but you’ll get the best savings by thinking about long-term maintenance as soon as possible. Several newer HVAC units actually require regular professional maintenance to maintain manufacturer warranty coverage. Be sure to keep up on air filter replacements every one to three months, and schedule a biannual tune-up from an HVAC professional to keep interior components functioning optimally.

Aladdin Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing award-winning service to homes throughout Ventura County, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. Schedule a service appointment today by calling (805) 273-4320.

 

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