I’m Buying My First AC System. What Do I Need to Know?

Family having fun in their air conditioned home

Congratulations. You’ve just marked your first decade as a homeowner. You know what kind of care your lawn needs to get through the summer and the best way to keep water out of your basement.

And now that you’ve been in your home for a few years, you’ve come to realize that your air conditioning system doesn’t keep you as cool as it once did. Rather than shell out money for a repair, you’ve decided to buy a whole new system.

Your first AC system is an important purchase, one that will affect your home for years to come. Here are a few things you should know before you buy.

1.The size of your AC system is important

It’s a mistake to assume that bigger is always better when it comes to cooling your home, as most HVAC contractors would tell you.

Your air conditioner’s capacity needs to mesh with the size and layout of your home. If you install a system that’s too big for your home, it won’t run as often as you need it to run, leading to some muggy, uncomfortable summers.

On the other hand, a system that’s too small will cycle off and on over and over until it hits the right temperature, which can mean a costly energy bill.

2. Find out your system’s SEER rating

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Nearly half of your home’s energy consumption comes from our heating and cooling systems, which is why it’s important to learn about their energy consumption before you buy.

There are a few different HVAC system ratings, but when it comes to air conditioners, the one you need to focus on is SEER, which stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.”

The SEER rating allows you to see how much energy it will take to cool your home. The higher the SEER number – in most modern systems, it will be between 13 and 21 – the better the system will be at cooling your home.

3. It might be time for a new thermostat

Even if you have a newer thermostat, you might want to consider replacing it with one that works with your new system.

And when you get a programmable thermostat, you can control the temperature of your home so that the AC doesn’t run when you’re not around. Smart thermostats go a step further, letting you adjust the heat/coolness levels at your house even when you aren’t home.

4. Don’t expect installation to happen in a few hours

This is an important question. Installing a new air conditioner isn’t a one-day project, as HVAC contractors need to contend with electrical, ductwork and plumbing issues. It’s a job that might take a couple of days, or more if you need changes to your ductwork.

5. It might be a new system, but it still needs maintenance

We always liken HVAC maintenance to owning a car. If you’re a responsible automobile owner, you don’t wait until a year has gone by before getting your first oil change. You get your car serviced regularly and keep it in good working order.

Most HVAC contractors will tell you that your air conditioning system is the same way. Routine maintenance will help extend the life of your system and having this work done in the spring can help you reveal any serious problems before summer comes. Are you ready to install your first air conditioning system? All Seasons Comfort Control can help. Our HVAC contractors have spent the better part of two decades helping Bucks County area homeowners keep their homes cool all summer. Contact us today so we can help make your home more comfortable.