Air conditioners are one of those appliances that are underappreciated until the temperature goes way up and then it becomes your best friend. There is a big difference between walking into an air conditioned house and one that does not have one; the air conditioned house revitalizes you while at the same time the non-air conditioned house may feel even worse than being outside. If you do not currently own an air conditioner you may be thinking about purchasing one. Here are some things you need to consider when buying one and they are an important part of learning how to select an air conditioner.
No matter how big or how small of an item you are buying you can never get away from price it seems and air conditioners are no exception. Even if you need and want a big air conditioner added to your existing forced air furnace you may not be able to if the cost does not fit into your budget. So if you want to really know how to select an air conditioner, then start but making a budget to determine the price range of air conditioners that are options for you.
Location is a big factor in which type of air conditioning unit you want to purchase. If you live high up on a mountain top you are probably not going to need to use an air conditioner that much so a few small and inexpensive window units may meet your needs easily. On the other hand, if you live in a valley and your home gets no shade, then you might need a lot of cooling power and have to add an air conditioner to your existing forced air furnace system.
Aesthetics are one of those factors that often get overlooked when people are searching for a new air conditioner. Sure those window units may be pretty affordable so you can fit a few in your budget right away but when you think about it, do you really want the back of a bunch of air conditioners visible from outside your home? Maybe it would be better to spend a little more and add a low profile central air unit to your existing forced air furnace.
This one is all about what you have in your home already. For example, if you have a forced air furnace you can probably easily add a central air conditioning unit to it to make it into a very convenient HVAC system. At the same time if you don’t have a forced air heating system you probably would not want to go to the expense of tearing your home apart to add ductwork so you could use a forced air style air conditioning system. Some types of air conditioners just ‘fit’ into certain current home scenarios better.
The items on this list are a great way to start learning about how to select an air conditioner. Consider them all carefully before making any AC purchase.