Air Conditioning Contractor
The most important consideration when choosing a central air conditioner is choosing a competent HVAC Contractor. One that knows how to determine your getting the correct sized unit to cool your home efficiently. Get a unit too small and it will never be able to “keep up” during hot days and run constantly, not to mention higher utility bills. On the other hand if the unit is too large, it will “short cycle” and not run long enough to remove humidity. Which will make the structure feel “muggy” and cause mildew/mold problems. This is especially important here in Gulfport, MS as the humidity is high in the warmer months.
The second reason to use a competent contractor is for the quality of the Installation of the HVAC unit. Do Not choose a contractor based on the cheapest price! If they’re a lot cheaper than the rest, there’s probably a reason why and you don’t want to find out why. Air Conditioners are a mechanical piece of equipment, not a retail item. Which means workmanship has a lot to do with how well your air conditioner is installed. How well the procedures are followed during installation will directly determine how well the unit works and how many years the unit will last.
If shortcuts are taken during the installation process, this can lead to premature breakdowns and expensive repairs. So don’t make the mistake of buying on price alone. An HVAC system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your home.
When considering air conditioners (AC), it is also critical to consider the SEER ratings on equipment, as the efficiency of your air conditioning system is largely determined by this rating. Remember, heating and air costs will typically comprise roughly 50 percent of a home’s energy bill, so a more efficient piece of equipment could reduce your cooling costs by up to 15 percent! SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the ratio, the more heating/cooling a piece of equipment does for each unit of energy consumed. In general, the higher the SEER rating the better the investment, as a more efficient air conditioner translates into a longer lifespan and lower energy costs for you.
Air Conditioner Brands
Does the brand of Air conditioner really matter?
Yes and No. You can have one of the better known brands and have nothing but problems out of it. Again like we previously stated, it comes down to how well the HVAC installation was done. You can have a top brand with poor installation or a lesser known brand a great installation. Some brands are more prone to breakdowns than others
Another thing you want to look for is the warranty that each manufacture offers. All you really need is a great installation, good warranty and regular maintenance.
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