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How to Choose a New AC Unit for Your Home

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Choosing a new air conditioner when you need one can be a daunting task. After all, you have so many different options to choose from, making it difficult to know what the right decision is for your family and your home. But we are here to help simplify the process.

Just give our team a call for your Longmont air conditioning installation and we can walk you through all of the steps from considering all your options to deciding on a unit and then with installation and maintenance. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most important factors to consider when upgrading your air conditioner.

Prioritize Efficiency Ratings

One of the first things to consider when you choose an air conditioner is the energy-efficiency rating. There’s a baseline standard that we use for installing air conditioners. This ensures that homeowners don’t wind up with air conditioners that are largely inefficient and bad for the environment. However, the baseline models are not as efficient as units that have higher ratings. 

Although you’ll spend a little bit more on a high-efficiency air conditioner, you should consider it an investment. Your air conditioner has the potential to last longer since it won’t have to work as hard to cool your home. Plus, you can save money on your energy costs over the life of the unit. Saving even just $20 a month adds up to $240 a year, or $2,400 over a ten-year period.

Think About Proper Sizing

We can also help you ensure that your air conditioner is the right size for your home. You don’t have to worry about knowing the calculations for air conditioner sizing. That’s what we are here for. We want to ensure that an air conditioner is just the right size for your home and our climate zone. Having a unit that is too small means that it will struggle to keep up with cooling your house. The unit that is too large will work inefficiently because it has too much power for the space that needs to cool.

Consider All Your Options

Next, you have to decide what type of system you want to install. You can go with a standard central air conditioner that also has a separate heater. Or, you can go with a heat pump that offers both heating and cooling all in one. 

In our area, if you select a heat pump, you want to be sure it’s a cold weather model that has some extra heating power since we face some pretty cold winters. You could also go with a ductless mini split, which is a heat pump that does not require any ductwork. This is a great option if you’re looking to really boost energy savings since ductless models are highly energy efficient.

Plan for Maintenance Expectations

If you select a central unit – either an air conditioner or heat pump – you have to maintain it by changing out the air filter and cleaning out the condensate drain line. If you choose a ductless model, you have to do the same amount of maintenance, but for each individual unit. 

This can mean cleaning out multiple air filters and condensate drain lines each month to maintain energy efficiency. No matter what type of unit you have, you need to monitor the outdoor unit to ensure that it doesn’t get too dirty. If it does, you can rinse it out with a gentle water pressure.

Contact Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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