Costing around $3,000 to $6,000 (including installation), central air conditioners are not something you’d just pull off the store shelf and take home with you. Before actually going out to shop for a central air conditioner you must first equip yourself with the right information that will enable you to pick a system that will suit your needs and keep the costs down as low as possible. Just so that you know, central air conditioner prices are largely dictated by the size and cooling capacity of the unit.
Now, before you decide on what system to buy, here are some of the things that you would want to consider.
Hiring A Professional
First of all, buying and installing a central air conditioning system is not a do-it-yourself project. Like I mentioned earlier, it is not something that you can just pull of the store shelf and bring home with you. This is something best left in the hands of professionals. There is no better person than a qualified HVAC technician who can evaluate your home’s air conditioning needs and structural challenges.
In case you don’t know yet, there are many factors that need to be considered just for determining what sized unit you should have installed in your home. Among those factors are:
- the size (square footage) and layout of your home
- the amount of insulation your home has
- the number, size, and type of windows your home has, and the type of window shading you use
- the height of the ceilings
- the presence of heat-emitting appliances inside 冷氣機評價 your home (including lighting fixtures)
- The geographic location of your home and the local climate
- The things that surround your home such as trees, other buildings, etc.
All that and other things that can influence the temperature inside your house. Then there’s also the thing about whether or not your home is ready to be installed with a central air system… does it already have ductworks in place? If not, does it have a forced-air heating system that the air conditioner can piggyback on? Does your home have other provisions for a central air system?
Unless you are also trained to do all those, you’d be better off to let a qualified HVAC technician to work it all out for you. If there is anything you can do, that is to make sure that the person you are talking to or dealing with is really qualified to do the job.
So, how do you choose a technician? Well, for one thing, you can inquire first about how long he has been in the business. Naturally, the longer he’s been in the business, the more reliable and dependable he is. A rule of thumb here is to always opt for an HVAC technician who has been in business for more than a year. But you should not stop there. You can also ask recommendations from friends and/or relatives who has had a central air conditioning system installed.
Also, whenever you talk to a technician, make it a point to first ask him about the certifications that he has received, his previous work experiences, and his educational ba