How Do I Know Which AC System Is Right For My Home?

No matter what your purpose is for installing a new air conditioner inside your house, it can be difficult to figure out which type of system is appropriate. There are several factors that go into this decision, but unfortunately, online videos and blogs can make the process confusing if they use technical jargon and industry lingo that most homeowners aren't familiar with.

For that reason, here are a few questions that you can ask yourself to see which type of unit is right for you. Look through them, and contact an HVAC technician to inquire about AC system installation services whenever you're ready to move forward.

What Your Budget?

Before you go any further, you first need to decide how much you're willing to spend on your AC system installation. A central air conditioner can run anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000, while a geothermal system can be more than $10,000. Portable and AC units are substantially cheaper, but one factor you also need to take into account is the longevity of these units alongside the maintenance and energy usage. A geothermal system, for instance, is substantially more expensive at the outset, but it can last for almost 50 years and dramatically reduce your energy costs over the life of the system.

How Much Area Do You Need to Cool?

Trying to cool a 5000 square-foot multi-family home is a lot different than trying to cool down a detached shed in your backyard. A multi-family home, for instance, may require central cooling or even a geothermal system, while you may be able to get away with a simple window unit for your shed. Furthermore, if the space that you're looking to cool is an expansion onto your current setup, such as a converted garage that is now an office, you need to ask an HVAC contractor about putting in a ductless mini-split. These devices can integrate into your system without too much headache. 

How Important Is Energy Efficiency to You?

Most of today's units are remarkably energy-efficient, but for homeowners who want to add a little extra emphasis to saving the environment (or lowering their utility bills), you'll want to look for an air conditioning system that is Energy Star approved. This is a government program that offers certain incentives to manufacturers who create systems that are more energy-efficient, and thus, reduces the impact on the environment. Not only are they good for the ecosystem, but they're also healthy on your wallet.

Contact an AC installation service for more information.