When it comes to upgrading your home, you should not always follow your emotions. Yes, there are frustrating times that you feel you have to purchase a new appliance in order to address the inconveniences that you experience.
Your sister or neighbor must have just purchased an advanced and fully automatic washing machine with a child lock. Well, that sounds terrific, but useless if your child is already a teenager, right? So before you get all “Amazing,” and “I’d love to have that too,” think carefully if you really need it.
The same goes with buying air conditioners. You have to consider all the factors before making your next purchase. To help you out, here are five questions we think you should ask first before making a final decision.
Do I really need to change my old AC?
When we talk about the right choices to make about air conditioning systems, the bottomline is almost always, the price. Getting a new AC unit is spending a big chunk of your money in exchange of the comfort it brings.
But if you have an existing air conditioner, you might consider doing a research first if your AC really needs to be replaced or you just need to have it maintained. You might mistake a malfunction for a hopeless case. Who knows, you might just need to have it cleaned or some parts of it just need to be repaired or replaced.
What kind of AC do I need?
It’s often always a choice between a central air conditioning system or a single unit in one or two rooms of the house. There are too many factors to consider on this matter such as, how long do the people in your house stay at home? Do you have enough space where you can install a central AC system? How big is your home? Which EER or BTU do you need for that amount of space?
While you can answer some of these questions by yourself, knowledgeable and trustworthy aircon installation contractors know these things accurately.
Does anyone in your household have an allergy?
Air conditioners, just like most of our appliances, have pros and cons. One such cons is that if you have dusty air, your AC unit may circulate that impure air together with all the bacteria and allergen that it carries.
In fact, a study published by the International Journal of Epidemiology shows that office workers housed in buildings with AC are more likely to get sick than those working in a building without an AC. As a solution, keep your room clean and your AC filters inspected and cleaned regularly too.
Which brand works best?
Ask your friends and family members about it. Do your homework and look for brands that are Energy Star-certified. Read the reviews of your prospective AC unit and model so you will have an idea if it will work perfectly for you.
What maintenance measures do I need to prepare for?
Keeping your AC functional for a long time requires proper and regular maintenance procedures. Have the filters checked and cleaned regularly.
If the refrigerant always runs out, it means there’s a leak and you have to find out where it is. You have to observe if there is an unusual sound whenever you turn it on because it might be a sign of inner parts that need lubrication. These and more are only some of the maintenance tips that you should be aware of before you splurge into a new air conditioning unit.