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. Beyond AC cost, 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. Does Your Furnace Also Need Replacing?
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.
Trusted Heating & Air Specialists in Springfield & Mt Vernon
With more than 20 years of experience servicing homes and businesses in Springfield, Mt Vernon and surrounding Missouri communities, Jon Wayne Heating & Air is the company you can trust for professional quality service. With 100s of positive reviews, we are the heating and air company relied upon to provide the most efficient and reliable heating and cooling systems to homes across southwest Missouri.
Contact us today and let us know how we can serve your heating and cooling needs.
We have two locations to serve you.
Springfield: From the S Kansas Expressway, exit on Bennett St. heading west, then turn right on S. Scenic Ave and we’ll be on your right. Coming from W. Sunshine Street, you’ll take S. Scenic Ave going north and we’re just about a mile up the road on your right at 1324 S. Scenic Ave.
Mt Vernon: We are conveniently located right off Highway 39 on the northeast part of town. From W. Mt Vernon Blvd (Hwy 265), turn to go north on Hwy 39. You’ll find us just about a mile up the road by turning left onto Breckenridge Rd.