Your air conditioner is a valuable necessity that gets you and your family through the harsh summers. They work hard to keep our home at a comfortable temperature. Without our AC units, we would sweat our summers away in utter discomfort. Surely, you wouldn’t want to live without your air conditioning system.
Unfortunately, not all things last forever. AC units are included in this group. After about 15 years of having your AC unit, you may need a replacement. This is a big decision and a pricey investment. You need to have all the necessary information before you commit to installing a new air conditioner. Here are 4 questions to ask before you schedule your HVAC replacement.
1. Is a Replacement Truly Necessary?
This is a valid question to ask and requires an expert HVAC technician to give an accurate answer. To be on the safe side, you can even get two HVAC technicians to inspect your unit to determine whether a replacement is necessary. The bottom line is that you should replace your entire unit if you have to replace a major component like an AC condenser coil or compressor. Additionally, if there is no cool air blowing out your unit even though you recently changed your AC filter, it is a clear sign that you are due for a replacement.
2. What Kind of AC Unit Should I Get?
It is important to know about all your options before settling on one kind of HVAC unit. For instance, do you want something that will control the humidity while cooling your home? Perhaps you are mostly interested in getting something energy efficient to keep your utility bills low. It is best to have a professional explain the options while taking your home and cooling needs into consideration.
3. Should I Upgrade My Thermostat?
If you have decided to replace your HVAC system and still have a manual thermostat, this could be a good time to replace your thermostat for something more modern. Perhaps you could install a programmable or smart thermostat. Both of these options will help you save energy. If this is something you need, speak to your HVAC technician about thermostat upgrades.
4. What Size AC Unit Should I Get?
The size of your AC unit determines how well it will cool your home and save energy. An AC unit that is too small or too big will result in higher electricity bills and air quality problems. You may be tempted to purchase the same size air conditioner you previously had, but if you increased the size of your home since you last installed an HVAC system, you may need a bigger AC unit to adequately cool your home. Speak to an expert about the right-sized AC unit.
Get Your AC Replacement Soon!
If you know your AC unit is up for a replacement soon, contact S.O.S. Heating & Cooling today. Our prices for AC and furnace installations will be increasing from next year, so now is the best time to schedule your HVAC replacement.