3 Tips When Considering A New HVAC System

If your current air conditioning unit is getting old or isn't as efficient as it was, you may be considering replacing it with a brand new system. However, there are many different types of air conditioning units, and choosing the right one for your home can be difficult. Check out these three tips when you are considering getting a new HVAC system.

Determine if Repairs Are Enough

Replacing an air conditioner is expensive, but you may not have to spend much money at all. If your system is still relatively new, a good repair may be all it needs. Most air conditioners work efficiently for about 10 years before they start to decline or break. Therefore, if your system is older, a repair may simply mask the real problem for another year, causing you to waste money on useless repairs and maintenance. Regardless of the age of your system, if the system has a history of needing frequent repairs, a total air conditioner replacement may be best and actually save you money in the long run.

Get the Right Size for Your Home

An air conditioner that is too small won't cool your house well. During the hottest parts of the year, some rooms, especially those upstairs may stay too warm. On the other hand, bigger isn't always better, so you don't want to just get the biggest system you can find. A system that is too big will actually cool your home too quickly, which may not seem like a problem. However, this causes the HVAC to cycle on and off frequently, which puts wear and tear on the system. Not only does this cause the system to break down more often, but it is not energy or financially efficient.  

Consider Optional Features  

Some air conditioners just keep your home cool, but others have special features. One common popular feature is zoned cooling. With zoned cooling, you can choose to cool certain parts of your home without putting strain on the system. If you have parts of your home you don't use often, this is an excellent way to save money by only cooling areas that need cooling. Another option is to choose a system with a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on where you live. Other systems may come with air purifiers, which are excellent for people with allergies or asthma.

A well-functioning HVAC system can make the difference between an enjoyable summer and a miserable one. If your system hasn't been working as well as it used to, contact a HVAC technician in your area today to find out if you need a repair or a replacement.