Checklist for Getting a New AC

Your air conditioning system is probably approaching its life expectancy or you are ready to invest in a better model. With many considerations, you want to rest assured you are making the right choice for many years to come. Here are a few tips to help guide your decision when it is time for a new AC system:

  • Make sure you and your contractor discuss your home cooling needs beyond the square feet of your home. The basic size of your home is only one of several factors that can affect the system you purchase. For example, if you have high ceilings, you will have more air that needs to be cooled. Older homes typically have poorer insulation, which means it will be more difficult to cool your home.
  • You and your contractor should discuss the appropriate space for the outside unit. Ideally, the unit will be positioned somewhere with plenty of room around the unit, with little or no direct sunlight. If this is not possible, talk with your contractor about the possibility of having the outside unit elevated off the ground.
  • Decide which energy-efficient models you can fit into your budget. Although you will have a higher upfront cost, the energy savings will more than compensate for the higher price tag. Make sure you do your research on any tax incentives that can make purchasing an energy-efficient system more affordable.
  • Make sure you are selecting a model that is appropriate for new regulations on refrigerant. Older types of refrigerant are being phased out in favor of more environmentally conscious types. Not only will your system be up-to-date, but you will not have to worry about finding refrigerant that is in short supply or having your system converted to use newer types of refrigerant.

With numerous considerations and options for your next air conditioner, do not become overwhelmed. Call Robert B. Payne, Inc., at 540-373-5876 to schedule an appointment for your next air conditioner.