Choosing an air conditioner is one of those “eventuals” in life because every piece of machinery, no matter how well you maintain it, won’t last forever. In the case of an air conditioner, the U.S. Department of Energy says many people start to experience problems with an air conditioner at the 10-year mark. So if you have eclipsed this milestone with your air conditioner, you have done a great job maintaining your unit over the years but the likelihood of this good fortune lasting much longer is exponentially diminishing.
When your air conditioner is beyond the typical Las Vegas AC repair, these five criterion are particularly important in selecting a new air conditioner:
The 4 Home Air Conditioner Buying Criterion:
- Size: A conscientious contractor will carefully evaluate many factors about a home, including its square footage, number of occupants and their cooling preferences, number of windows and exposure, insulation, exterior shading and the climate. Purchasing an air conditioner that is too small will cause an air conditioner to run longer to reach the temperature set on the thermostat. And that extra run time costs money. Most air conditioners are sized too large and this scenario also is a waste because they will “short cycle” – or run and then quickly turn off before they’ve had a chance to properly dehumidify the air. So a home with an oversized air conditioner might feel cool, but it will feel clammy, too. The best contractors measure the size of an air conditioner in tons – a measurement that refers not to the weight of the air conditioner but the equivalent of how much cooling you will get from 1 ton of melting ice.
- Efficiency: Every air conditioner carries a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER), and all of those sold in the United States are required by law to achieve a SEER of at least 13. Higher efficiency models carry a SEER between 14 and 25.5. Air conditioners that carry the Department of Energy’s coveted Energy Star label cost more, but you typically recoup the difference in lower utility bills.
- Cost: Naturally, cost plays a big role in choosing an air conditioner. It requires a significant investment in your home in both the pricetag of the unit and the accompanying installation service. But the department warns consumers: “Don’t be tempted by the lowest bid. Be willing to pay for the time the contractor must spend to do the job right.”
- Installation and maintenance: Installing an air conditioner is complex and not considered a do-it-yourself job; it requires the experience and skill of a licensed air conditioner technician, like those at Instant Air.
Contact the Las Vegas AC Repair and Installation Experts
Our reputation for reliability and handling every type of Las Vegas AC repair and installation is unparalleled. We also provide the annual maintenance your air conditioner will need to achieve the lifespan outlined by the manufacturer. Call Instant Air at (702) 385-2665 for a consultation – update your air conditioner and trust in our expert service to set you up for a solid 10+ years of reliable AC.