A central air A/C installation can last anywhere between 10-20 years. Whether you are a first-time homeowner or a retiree with plenty of property notches in your belt, at some point you’ll have to consider a new A/C installation. Here’s what Angie’s List says you should know:
Use an accredited HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) installation professional. Check with your local Better Business Bureau, ask for references, and pay attention to how long your installer has been in business. When companies have roots in your community, they usually build a reputation for trustworthy, competent service.
Request up-front pricing. Your HVAC installer should offer two prices: the cost of the unit and the cost for the installation service. There should be no “surprises” later if your HVAC professional has done his or her diligence in inspecting your home.
Research the installer’s central A/C installation unit recommendation. How are the make and model rated online? Is the price quote in line with what the unit’s retail cost should be?
Ask if the HVAC professional did a load calculation. In other words, your home’s square footage, insulation, and the number of light-permitting windows and openings all are factors in the size of the central air unit that will work best for your family. If it’s too small, it won’t cool adequately; if it’s too large, it will waste valuable energy.
Find the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating for the unit you are considering. The SEER number is like the mpg for your car. You can get a high-mpg car, but depending on how you drive, you may not get high gas mileage. How you use your A/C impacts your SEER.
You Should Also Consider a Maintenance Program
Don’t wait until you have central air conditioning problems to discover it’s time for a new A/C installation. Good air conditioner maintenance can keep your unit running smoothly for longer than most, and you’ll be pleased how affordable a maintenance plan can be. Call Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, 936-304-0715 to learn how to keep your HVAC system running for long-life, maximum efficiency.