A common practice among customers in the market for a new air conditioner is to call around to various companies looking for a price quote. But it’s important to note that the system that is the lowest price may not be the best system for your home. Choosing a low-cost system can result in high energy bills that make that initial price tag seem inconsequential. Here’s what we think you should look for in a new system (especially if you live in our area or along the coast!).
We recommend that, as tempting as it may be, you do not make price the most important factor in your decision. The best air conditioning systems are those that cut down on monthly costs, so look for a unit with high efficiency ratings and the ENERGY STAR label. The ENERGY STAR label is a seal of approval from the EPA for excellent performance and energy efficiency. The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) tells you how efficient the system will be. A SEER greater than 16 indicates a high-efficiency system that should save you a lot of money if it is properly installed.
Coastal coated air conditioning equipment is an ideal fit for homes located around a source of water. This equipment is specially protected to resist corrosion that can occur much faster in an area like ours. Be sure to ask your local air conditioning technician if they provide coastal-coated AC solutions.
For maximum performance and efficiency, you should look for a modern system with variable speed settings. This operates a lot like cruise control, automatically adjusting the fan to help keep temperatures as close to the thermostat settings as possible. If you want zone control, a system in which you are able to adjust the temperature separately in different areas of the home, tell your contractor so that it can be installed during your new AC installation.
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