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Air Conditioner Buying Guide

Buying a new air conditioner can seem overwhelming with all the options and features available. There are several things you should know before committing to a new AC unit to ensure that you get the best unit for your space and at the best value. Of course the best way to ensure that you’re getting the right size and type of air conditioner is to consult an expert. If you don’t plan to consult an expert, you will have to consider the following:

  • Should I get central AC or a window unit? Window units are a less expensive and also ideal for cooling apartments or small homes. They are also easier to install. If you have a larger home, central AC proves more ideal for cooling bigger areas. In addition, central AC units tend to last longer than window units.
  • What types of units are available? Aside from a central or window unit, you can also decide between a through-the-wall air conditioner or a portable air conditioner. Through-the-wall air conditioners are a good option if your room doesn’t have a window, or if you don’t want to lose the use of that window. If you want an air conditioner you can move from room to room, you should consider a portable AC unit. Keep in mind the unit still needs to vent outside.
  • What size AC should I get? Determine the square footage of your room to determine the cooling capacity you need. Remember that getting a unit larger than you need to get does nothing to increase the cooling efficiency.
  • Should I get an energy efficient AC? The higher the SEER level on an AC unit, the more efficient your AC unit will run and the more money you will save on your electric bill. For more information, check out our other post on calculating SEER rating for AC units.
  • What features should I look for? Depending on your needs and how much you want to spend, features you should consider include an adjustable thermostat, multiple cooling speeds and multiple fan speeds. Also look for a unit with an adjustable vent.

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