Shopping for a New Air Conditioner? 4 Things You Need to Know

When it’s time to purchase a new air conditioner, it can be confusing to know how to select the right one for your home. There are a number of factors that are important to take into consideration. Here we highlight four of the main factors to focus on when shopping for a new air conditioner unit for your home.

Choose a Reputable Company

Purchasing a new air conditioner unit is a big investment. Not only should you buy an A/C from a trusted manufacturer, but the equipment must be installed by a trained and qualified technician to get the most out of your purchase. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we are proud to supply and install air conditioner models from York, a leading manufacturer of residential heating and cooling equipment. Our skilled and highly qualified technicians stand out in the industry for expert installation and superior customer care. Distinct employs only journeyman A/C & refrigeration technicians – we do not use plumbers or sheet metal mechanics. This means we have the technical knowledge to help you determine what type of unit is best for your home, but we also have the knowledge to install your equipment and ensure it is done correctly the first time.

When you choose a reputable company, they can help you with everything else on the list, including determining what type of central A/C is best for your home, the size, and location. Next, depending on budget we will determine what model is best. There is a range of good, better, best and the good one is still a good model with high efficiency ratings.

Putting that type of investment into your home, you want to ensure that it is done with care to ensure you will have it for a very long time.

Determine Your Budget

The next factor to consider before you begin shopping for a new air conditioner is to have an idea of your budget and what you can afford. There are a variety of different makes and models of units that can accommodate your budget. So always be mindful of the cost factor before you begin your search. More expensive models generally have higher SEER efficiency ratings and quieter operation, but there are great value units available with a perfect mix of affordability and efficiency.

Determine the Necessary Size of Unit

The size of the air conditioner is also important in order for it to be effective at delivering that cool blast of air efficiently throughout your home. Determining the size that is necessary for your home depends on a few different factors – the location of where you live, your home’s insulation properties, and the square footage of your home. Do you own a small bungalow or a 3,000-sq. ft. home?

Distinct uses a heat load analysis program that takes in factors such as the age and size of your home, the type of windows you may have, and various other items that assist us with determining the best option for you.

Buy a High-Efficiency Unit

Most air conditioner units that are manufactured today incorporate a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER factor of 13 or higher. Visit the National Resources of Canada website for more information about SEER ratio and its importance. This ensures that the unit is energy efficient. Units with a higher SEER rating may come with a higher price, but may for themselves in energy savings over the years. Look for a model with the ENERGY STAR® label, which signifies energy efficiency and product performance.

Shopping for a new air conditioner unit doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Knowing these four factors ahead of shopping can help you feel confident about making the best decision for your home. If you need a little help, just get in touch with Distinct Heating & Cooling. We’d be happy to recommend an A/C that is the right fit for your needs and budget. Our friendly sales team and qualified technicians that can assist you with every step of the process, from purchasing to installation.