Everything You Should Be Asking When Purchasing a New AC Unit

Buying a new air conditioner is a BIG investment. It is a purchase that you will rely on for a long time to keep your family cool and comfortable, which is why you should not start the buying process uninformed. Ask these questions when you are purchasing a new air conditioner:

How Large Should the Air Conditioner Be?

Before buying a new air conditioning system, you need to know what size your home requires. To calculate this, we use the Manual J load calculation which considers the following:

  • Your home’s size and layout
  • Your home’s orientation
  • The amount of shade around your home
  • The number and location of windows
  • And more! 

With this information, our technicians at Super Heat & Air can determine the accurate calculation of your home’s cooling needs. From there, we can design a cooling system that will cool your home efficiently. 

Who Will Do the Work?

The installation of a new air conditioner is not a DIY project. It is a job for a licensed, certified professional like our technicians at Super Heat & Air. 

We have been serving the Tampa Bay region since 2015 and are proud to be recognized as a HomeAdvisor Top-rated Professional HVAC Contractor. Further, we are a Rheem Pro Partner and a Trane Comfort Specialist. 

When you call Super Heat & Air for a new AC installation, you will get the expertise of our highly skilled and certified team! 

How Efficient is the New System?

If your current air conditioner is older, you may have noticed that it has lost efficiency over time. While proper upkeep and preventative maintenance can keep efficiency-related AC losses to a minimum, after a decade or more, most older AC systems just cannot keep up. 

When shopping for a new air conditioner, look for one with the Energy Star label, as these systems meet or exceed the minimum energy efficiency requirements by the EPA. 

All Energy Star systems also have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 15 or higher which reflects how effective they are in removing heat from your air-conditioned home. 

What is the Installation Timeline?

If you are purchasing a new air conditioner to replace a malfunctioning or broken unit, you will want a new unit installed as soon as possible—especially during the summer! 

Installing a new air conditioning system is not a quick process with all the electrical, plumbing, and ductwork that needs to be installed or upgraded. Not to mention calibration and testing! Installation can easily take several days, especially if your system is quite large or requires significant ductwork upgrades. 

When you work with Super Heat & Air, you can trust us to explain the entire installation process and give you a reliable timeline for your new air conditioner install. 

Should I Purchase a New Thermostat?

Thermostat technology has advanced considerably in the past decade so if you haven’t updated your thermostat since the last time you purchased an air conditioning unit, then you should probably purchase a new thermostat. 

An upgraded thermostat can save on energy costs throughout the year since you can program a cooling schedule that varies depending on the day of the week. More advanced programmable thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature settings from your smartphone or tablet. Some even have geofencing capabilities that sense when you are close to home and adjust the cooling schedule accordingly. 

What is the Total Cost?

We know that a new air conditioner is a big investment, and we want you to be aware of what you are getting into. Our technicians at Super Heat & Air will explain the cost breakdown, including the price of the system, the labor costs, and charges for extras like air quality components of upgrading your thermostat. 

In addition to the cost of installation, you will want to know the cost of operating your air conditioner. The EnergyGuide label on the side of your air conditioner outlines the estimated yearly energy consumption which can give you an idea of the true cost of your new air conditioner. 

Super Fast Air Conditioner Installs

Ready to install a new air conditioner in your Tampa Bay home? Call the pros at Super Heat & Air for a quote and consultation! We will ensure that your new AC is the correct size for your home, is energy efficient, and keeps you and your family comfortable all year long!

Call our superhero technicians today— (813) 981-7631!