Buying a new air conditioner for the summer? Here’s 5 mistakes to avoid
An air conditioner keeps your home cool and comfortable during the summer months. That’s why it is important that you buy the right one for your home.
However, due to lack of information, most home owners make mistakes that cost them a lot when buying a new air conditioner. A trusted and reputable air conditioning installation company will guide you through the air conditioning purchase process.
With that in mind, here’s a list of five mistakes that people generally make when buying a new air conditioner.
1. Getting the wrong-sized air conditioner
Air conditioning units come in many different sizes. Unfortunately, a number of people make the mistake of buying a larger sized unit than they need, believing that it will cool the room faster. However, what they don’t realize is that a large-sized cooling unit actually consumes much more power than a properly sized one.
On top of that, you won’t get any additional performance for your money. A larger air conditioner than you need will just be wasteful.
In the same way, buying an undersized unit will result in improper cooling. While the smaller unit will consume less power, it will break down more frequently due to the strain of cooling a large space.
The professional installation team at Allbritten will help you find the air conditioner that’s right for your home and cooling needs. We offer free in-home estimates on new air conditioners.
2. Not focusing on SEER
“SEER” stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio,” and describes the efficiency of the air conditioner. A SEER ratio of 13 is the minimum recommended for a cooling device. An air conditioning unit with a SEER above 16 provides high efficiency cooling.
The higher the efficiency of the cooling unit, the less your monthly energy bills will be. Apart from lower energy consumption, an air conditioning unit with a higher SEER will efficiently cool the room.
Allbritten is a Factory-Authorized Carrier Dealer. This means we install some of the most energy-efficient air conditioners on the market today. Learn more about our Carrier status and products.
3. Ignoring the refrigerant type
Keep in mind that R-22 refrigerant—commonly known by the brand name “Freon”—has been restricted from use in all types of air conditioning units made after the year 2009. The R-22 refrigerant has ozone-depleting properties. Any air conditioners containing this refrigerant should not be used.
When buying a new air conditioner, make sure that it uses R-410A or approved refrigerant. In some cases, the system can be modified to take the new refrigerant, but it is a costly process. So, it’s much better to buy a new air conditioner that uses approved refrigerant.
4. Not asking about guarantees
An air conditioning unit can sometimes break down due to a manufacturing defect. In order to avoid paying a large sum in repairing the unit soon after purchase, you should enquire whether the unit is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. At Allbritten, our Carrier air conditioners do come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Plus, we back our with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
5. Not hiring a company with qualified air conditioning technicians
An air conditioner should be installed by an experienced technician. Allbritten’s technicians are some of the best in the Fresno area. That’s because we believe in treating our employees right, so that they can take care of our customers.
Make the right choice when buying a new air conditioner: Call Allbritten
If you’re ready to get started, contact us for your free in-home estimate on a new air conditioner.