Inviting a contractor into your home can be stressful. During an age when the truth is just a few clicks away, many HVAC companies trade transparency for smoke and mirrors. Focused on the upsell, these heating and cooling contractors rarely take time to explain your options, consider your budget, and make the recommendation that’s best for you. At Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating, we take a different approach. Leading the industry by example, we educate customers about what they can expect from our products and services—then provide straightforward pricing without gimmicks and fine print. It’s this honest, transparency that separates us from the pack, and it’s the reason so many of our customers are returning customers. So, where do you begin when it’s time to replace your air conditioning system? It’s a confusing process, but we’ll walk you through it.
5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Air Conditioner
When it comes to buying a new air conditioner for your home, there are dozens of options to choose from. Don’t get confused about industry jargon and new technology. Here is an overview of things to consider:
- Air conditioner sizing. The size of your new AC equipment is determined by the size and construction of your home (think 3-ton versus 4-ton system). However, bigger is not always better—since an oversized air conditioner may cycle too often: inflating energy bills and putting stress on the equipment. To optimize AC performance, our professional technicians evaluate your home’s layout and square footage, customizing your system size to your unique comfort requirements.
- Energy efficiency rating. The higher your air conditioner’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), the more efficiently it performs. You will pay more for higher SEER units, but you’ll also enjoy proven month-to-month savings on energy and utilities. Many older air conditioners have SEER ratings of 6 or less, while newer equipment has a minimum SEER of 10 to 13. Installing a high-efficiency air conditioner improves home comfort—and adds value to your home.
- Zone building codes. Your air conditioner must meet building code requirements and state/federal regulations. A certified air conditioning installer will walk you through these guidelines to ensure your repair or installation is up to code. These requirements exist for your safety, and should not be overlooked. If your existing system is outdated or does not meet current codes, a Tex-Perts team member will perform an inspection and recommend equipment repair or replacement.
- Installation quality. Remember, the overall cost of an air conditioning unit is not just what you pay upfront. There are other factors to consider, including system lifespan and cost of repairs over time. Proper installation protects the lifespan and performance of your system. Consider this: if you pay $1,000 less for a poorly installed air conditioner, the resulting repair or early replacement costs may quickly eat up that $1,000 savings. Likewise, many air conditioner repairs or emergencies are easily avoided when your system is installed properly in the first place. Make sure you hire an experienced, certified team to install your air conditioning unit right—the first time.
- The cost of your air conditioner is influenced by the accessories you select, from hospital-grade clean air filters to smart thermostats and zone heating capability. Do your research to determine which options meet your indoor climate needs and deliver the most value. Your Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating technician can help you outfit your new air conditioner to meet your budget and comfort objectives. No sales pressure; just straightforward recommendations.
How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost?
We get asked this question a lot, naturally—“How much will my new air conditioner cost?” The short answer to this is, “it depends,” and it truly does. For instance, the installation of a ductless system could be more than that of a less efficient central AC system. But, if you don’t already have ductwork installed, then a central system installation could be more complex, and subsequently more costly.
Our staff is happy to assist you with choosing the type of AC system that best meets your specific needs. But there are still a number of pricing factors to consider, in addition to the factors listed above.
- Air Ducts: Are you replacing, or perhaps even buying a new central air conditioner? This means you’ll need to have ductwork in place. More than that, if you already have ductwork snaking its way through your home, then you’ll want to make sure it’s in good condition. Were your ducts professionally installed to begin with? Are there any loose connections or leaks occurring? Damaged ductwork equals an inefficient cooling system. So, before you have a new one installed, having your ductwork professionally repaired needs to be a priority—which will add to your initial costs.
- Home Size: How large is the space your air conditioner is meant to cool? You’ll need an HVAC professional who will help you choose an appropriately sized air conditioning system. A common homeowner misconception is, “the bigger, the better.” However, this can do more harm than good to the actual air conditioner, causing it to short-cycle—that is, rapidly turn on and off, inefficiently so. And of course, too small of a system cannot adequately cool your home.