Here in Los Angeles, air conditioning is far more necessity than luxury and with summer upon us, you may want to consider trading your older air conditioner for a new one. It can save you a great deal of money on monthly costs and you won’t run the risk of a breakdown that a faulty older unit would. Before you do so, however, you need to properly prepare for it. The more steps you can take before pulling the trigger, the smoother and more efficiently your system will function.
Here’s How to Prepare for a New Air Conditioner
Start by performing the proper equations to size your new unit. Air conditioners need to be sized very carefully. If they’re too small they won’t do the job and if they’re too large, they will cycle on and off rapidly throughout the day. (Air conditioners use exponentially more power turning on and off than they do simply running, so this will cost you a great deal in needless energy and excessive wear and tear.) Sizing your air conditioner means measuring the square feet of your home, but also factoring in things like the amount of insulation in your attic, and the presence of large windows that let in a lot of sunlight.
Once you have those figures, you should talk about the unit’s efficiency, which is measured in a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. This will have an impact on sizing your new unit, since a more efficient unit will cool the air faster than a less efficient one. Units with a higher SEER rating tend to cost more, but will save you money from month to month.
Finally, you need to select an installation service with the skills and experience to do the job right. Here in Los Angeles, that means contacting the experts at JW Heating & Air. We can provide solid advice on how to prepare for a new air conditioner, then perform the installation with courtesy and care. Give us a call today to schedule air conditioning service in Los Angeles, and let us show you what we can do!