3 Important Questions to Ask When Replacing Your Central Air Conditioning Unit
Is your old central air conditioning system about to kick the bucket? If it's more than a decade or so old, there's a good chance that you're about due for a new unit. Not only can having a new AC unit installed improve your energy efficiency and save you money on monthly utility bills, but it can also keep your home more comfortable and increase its value. Still, before you schedule an appointment to have a new unit installed, there are some important questions you need to ask the contractor.
Will You Check the Air Flow?
First and foremost, understand that installing a replacement AC unit shouldn't just be about replacing the outdoor unit itself. An experienced contractor who wants to ensure you get the most of your new unit will also take the time to inspect and assess your home's existing duct system and recommended any necessary changes that will improve air flow throughout your home. Therefore, you'll want to make sure that your contractor is taking steps to assess the ventilation system and make any necessary upgrades or repairs to maximize the efficiency of your new unit.
What's the SEER Rating?
Another important question to ask is what the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating on the new unit is. A SEER rating essentially refers to the amount of cool air generated per unit of electricity consumed. The higher the SEER rating on your new AC unit, the more energy efficient it will be and the more it'll save you on your energy bills. To get a better idea of how much a higher SEER rating can save you, your contractor should be able to do a cost comparison between your existing unit's SEER and that of your new unit.
What Size is Needed?
Finally, make sure the air conditioning unit you're having installed at your home is large enough to meet its current and future size needs. For example, if you plan on possibly constructing a 500-square-foot addition onto your home in the near future, you'll want to let your HVAC contractor know. This way, he or she can ensure that the AC unit you have installed is large and powerful enough to cool your home once you have the addition built.
By asking these three questions to your contractor before having a new AC unit installed, you'll be able to make the right long term decision. For more information, contact Quality HomEnergy.