It’s time to replace your old AC unit. No matter what AC brand you have, it will give out on you over time. When this occurs, it can be tempting to rush the process to get back to having cool air flowing through your home again, especially if this happens in the middle of hot summer months. However, you want to make sure that you choose a suitable AC unit that fits your home. Continue reading to find out what questions you should ask before buying a new AC unit.
What size should I choose for my AC unit?
The right AC unit size is vital to maintaining your house’s temperature. Purchasing the wrong size can make it difficult for your entire house to stay cool or warm. If your A/C unit is too small for your home, it will have to work harder to keep it insulated. This malfunction will lead to more breakdown of your AC units, which can be costly in your electricity bill and AC repair services.
You can save yourself money and sweaty heated nights by selecting an AC unit that fits the size of your home.
What preventive measures should I take to maintain my AC unit?
The more you know about your AC unit before making a purchase, the more you’ll know what to expect when it comes to maintenance. This is an insightful question because it equips you with what you need to know after purchasing your AC unit.
Maintenance is key to ensuring that your AC unit runs smoothly. If you know what is required to maintain your new AC, then you will be prepared to have it work well for years to come. Cleaning your AC duct and other vital components leads to less breakdown and minor easy-to-fix issues.
Do I need a new thermostat installed for my new AC unit?
You don’t want to purchase a new AC unit to find out later that it does not work well with your existing thermostat. Wherever you decide to purchase your AC unit, ensure that the brand works well with your thermostat.
There are three types of thermostats that you can install in your home: low-voltage, line-voltage, and millivolt. Low-voltage thermostats are most likely used with conventional forced-air furnaces that use gas or electric heat. With line voltage thermostats, it regulates temperatures in every room in your home by switching the primary power source of the heating system on and off periodically based on the temperature settings. Line Voltage is found in a lot of U.S. households, unlike millivolt. This type of system is not used for most residential units. Millivolt is used with gravity-wall heating systems, top-venting heating systems, and direct-vent heating systems used in manufactured housing.
Before you have determined that your thermostat is not a good match for you, you want to ensure that the thermostat is not in the wrong place. An HVAC professional can take apart your thermostat to check and see if a thermostat is compatible with your AC unit. An HVAC professional can take apart your thermostat to look at the wires to see if it’s right for your home.
What brand best fits what I need in an AC unit?
The most common thermostat that people use is:
- Ecobee Smart Thermostat
- Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
Smart home thermostats make it accessible to control your heating and cooling system. You can integrate your smart thermostat with your smartphone or tablet to detect issues and determine air quality in your home.
Technology makes it easy for you to keep up with the maintenance of your home AC unit, but if you are not ready to adjust to a smart thermostat, no worries, there are manual thermostats that can go well with your AC unit. Honeywell is a reliable and easy-to-use thermostat. White-Rodger 1F56N-444 works with your gas, electric, and oil HVAC system.
Do I need additional equipment to improve the air quality in my home?
If you want to decrease toxic air quality in your home, it is best to clean your filters throughout the year. To further improve the air quality in your home, you can install an AC unit that includes an air purification system. An air conditioner unit with an air purification filter can help remove dust, smoke, allergens, and germs from your home.
Bad air quality in your home can contribute to your family’s health. If you notice that you or someone in your household is dealing with allergies, then it could potentially be the air quality in your home.
Will the existing ductwork function well with your new AC system?
The ductwork in your AC conditioner is the metal or synthetic tube used to transport ventilation throughout your home. When you replace your ductwork and your new air conditioner system, you are not limiting your new AC with old ductwork that won’t ventilate your home correctly.
You may not have to replace the ductwork in your house. An HVAC professional can increase the size of your duct that reaches each room in your home for full ventilation.
The ductwork in most homes lasts between 10 to 15 years. After 15 years, you’ll see issues like gaps. Some ductwork can have sections that collapse once it’s no longer functional.
Will your new AC unit come with a warranty?
After researching what AC unit will be the best for you, you are now ready to purchase a new air conditioner that will benefit your home. The last question you want to ask is whether your AC unit comes with a warranty. A warranty can help you save money if something happens to your air conditioner. You won’t have to worry about replacing your air conditioner with another out-of-pocket expense. It can also save you time in repairs so that you won’t have to search for another air conditioner to replace.
Purchasing a new air conditioner and installing it will require you to know critical information to ensure that your home is comfortable for you and your family. This process can be a hassle, but you can get through it with the right HVAC professionals.
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