Beyond AC Cost: How to Shop for a New Air Conditioning System
When you find you need a new cooling system, the cost of a new air conditioning unit isn’t the only thing you should focus on. There are several different variables to consider with an Air Conditioning unit installation. Here are the Top 5 things to considering when buying a new AC.
1. AC Size is a Factor
Square footage is the first determinant of the type of air conditioning system you will need. Air conditioning units are measured in tons, and in the amount of heat, they remove from the house per hour, in British thermal units (BTUs). Simply said, the bigger the house, the more cooling power you need. However, if the system’s too big, it can cycle on and off continually, wasting energy. Conversely, if the system is not big enough, it will run constantly and inefficiently.
2. Unit Load Calculation
The second determinant is the unit load calculation. This is done to determine the proper central air conditioning unit for your home, considering the shape, size, and layout of your house, and the climate you live in. Other considerations are your windows, insulation, existing vents or ducts, and the materials used in your walls, floors, and construction of the home. The general rule of thumb for unit load calculation is every 500 or 600 square feet requires one ton of cooling.
3. Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor is Key
The most important decision you make is your contractor. There are several things to consider when choosing the right one. Word of mouth is always the best advertising. If you can’t get a referral from someone you know, check online reviews of the company. Some key questions to ask are: what type of experience and training do the installers have? Do they do a Manual J Heat Load for proper system sizing, do they analyze your duct system, do they have proper licensing and sufficient insurance?
4. Do You Also Need a New Furnace?
Do you already have a central heating system? If you do not, it is most cost-effective option to install an entire HVAC system – with both the heating and cooling units – at the same time. If you have central heat, the existing fans and duct system can be used for your new central air system.
5. Is your Insulation Sufficient?
How’s the insulation in your home? If your home well insulated, your heating and cooling system will work efficiently which means lower utility bills. If your insulation is not in good shape, of course, bills are going to be higher. In the long run, it is worth exploring the costs of new insulation or an upgrade of your old insulation.
Jon Wayne Heating & Air proudly has a staff of highly trained air conditioning service professionals located in Springfield and in Mt Vernon, MO. To find more answers to your questions on the cost of a new air conditioning system, you can request a free estimate online or by calling 417-831-9500 for service in Springfield and (417) 466-2515 for service in Mt Vernon.