What to Look for When Purchasing a Quality Air Conditioner for Your Home

Your home’s air conditioning unit is an important part of making your home as comfortable as possible for family and guests. It provides an environment that makes you family feel relaxed and happy in your home. When the unit is working properly, we hardly notice it is there, but when it is out of service or not working properly, our lives can become miserable.

If we find that the air conditioner needs to be replaced, our immediate thoughts are that this will be a large expense, and perhaps a big headache too. However, with the advances in today’s residential air conditioners, purchasing a new air conditioner might be a smart financial decision, and installation has never been easier.

So what can you expect when you purchase a new air conditioner? Here are some of the larger benefit:

Greater efficiency, less expensive to operate

There has been a great Improvement and efficiency in home air conditioners. Whether you select a ductless unit or a ducted air conditioner, today’s top quality units can be expected to consume about 50% less energy than those manufactured 30 years ago. Compared to those manufactured 15 years ago, today’s air conditioners consume 20% less energy.

This can amount to a substantial cost savings depending upon how often you use your air conditioner. So there is a chance that in purchasing a new air conditioner, you can have a new, better quality unit that pays for itself from the energy savings. As you are shopping for a new air conditioning unit be sure to look for and compare the energy efficiency ratings which will be clearly displayed on the unit. These numbers tell you what your expected cost of operation will be and you can aim for unit that meets your desired energy expense.

New functionality, better control over the unit

Today’s air conditioning units allow the owner to have increased levels of control over the unit’s functionality. For example many units now allow operation via a smartphone which can give an owner and ability to turn on and off the unit remotely. This can come in handy if you want to cool down your home while you’re on the way home, or if you forget to turn off the unit. You can also vary the temperature and the quality of the air coming from the unit.  Using your smartphone, you can turn the unit off and on no matter where you are in the house or wherever you are in the world.

Another new feature is a variable speed blower motor. Old air conditioners blow either full or on or completely off, often giving you rooms that vary between too cold and too hot. Many of today’s air conditioning units however have blower motors that can turn at speeds anywhere from 1% to 100% of their capacity. This allows for less energy use and the exact quality of air you want in the room.

Today consumers can also purchase a reverse cycle air conditioner which has a heat pump allowing for the air conditioner to provide heating during the warmer months. This feature can eliminate the need to purchase a more expensive HVAC unit or upgrade a heating system in your home.

When you compare the benefits from purchasing a new air conditioning unit, you may find that having to replace your old non-working unit might be a blessing in disguise.