Perhaps after some months of deliberation, you’ve decided to take action and invest in a central air conditioner system for your home. Unlike smaller home appliances, or even larger appliances like refrigerators, a central air conditioner is not something that you can just go and pick off the shelf in a store. This particular decision will be a little bit more complicated than that! Therefore, as a consumer, it is crucial that you equip yourself with accurate, up-to-date information that will enable you to pick an air conditioning system that is appropriate to your home and needs.
Besides doing your homework and thoroughly researching models, brands, and technical specifications, the best thing you can do is to talk to a professional HVAC company. Technicians who deal with central air conditioner, heating, and ventilation systems day in and day out will be able to provide you with a plethora of helpful information. If you live in Toronto, Durham, or Scarborough, AirPlus is one of the premium service providers around.
Several Factors You Will Need to Consider
First of all, the prices of central air conditioner systems largely depend on the unit’s cooling capacity and its size. So how do you begin to roughly determine the type of system and size that you need? Here is a list of factors that you can start with:
- The size of your home (square footage). How many square meters is your new system going to have to serve? This is the best starting point; from here you can begin to take all the other factors into account.
- The layout of your home. Do you have many large, open spaces, or are all the rooms, living spaces, and dining areas pretty separate from each other? This may make a difference when selecting the central air conditioner’s capacity.
- How well your home is insulated. Do you live in a period house? A decent-sized apartment? A newly-built family residence? Newer buildings as a rule will have better insulation, while older buildings may or may not have decent insulation installed.
- Windows. Do you have a lot of windows? Very few? How well are they insulated? Of course, poorly-insulated windows will translate into more transfer of cool (or warm) air between your home and the exterior. This in turn will mean more energy loss (and expenditure). The type of window shades you use can also have an impact.
- Ceiling height. Pay attention to this factor; there is a big difference between cooling down a 20 square meter room with 3-meter-high ceilings, versus 4.5-meter-high ceilings.
- Your home’s location & your local climate. Do you live in the suburbs, with your backyard facing a wooded area, or is your home in the center of the city? The central air conditioner system that you end up installing needs to have the right capacity relative to the expected temperature and weather conditions. Or perhaps you live in a part of the city where you are lucky enough to have many trees around your home. Don’t underestimate the impact that a couple of trees can have on the temperature indoors.
All these factors can and will have an influence on which type of central air conditioning system you end up choosing. Other elements that you should look into include checking to see if there is already ductwork in place, or whether there is another system your central air conditioner might be able to utilize. For example, a new central AC system might be able to utilize parts of a forced air (heating) system, or of certain other heating systems.
Get Professional Help to Select the Ideal Central Air Conditioner for Your Home
After taking note of all the factors above, it is a wise idea to talk to a few providers in your area to get further advice on the various systems available. They will be able to further evaluate your home’s requirements, and inform you if there are any particular technical or structural challenges that may either present obstacles or facilitate the process.
Further, getting a central air conditioner system installed is a relatively complicated project, and not a do-it-yourself type of task. For this reason, it is a good idea to find a supplier you trust, who will also perform the installation of the system. This will help streamline the whole process, and will probably also lower your total expenditure.
How do you find a professional HVAC company that you can rely on? There are several ways you might go about it. One of the safer routes is to get recommendations from friends or family, and then go about evaluating the different candidates. If you feel you are savvy enough and knowledgeable about what your needs are, however, you might go directly to a few companies in your area – it is often not too hard to tell if someone is trying to sell you something that you don’t really need.
When talking to potential suppliers, pay attention to the questions that they ask you. Are they genuinely interested in your requirements and concerns? Or are they just trying to convince you that the latest pricey product on the market will be perfect for your house? Are they recommending you systems that have high energy-efficiency ratings?
For the Perfect System, Talk to AirPlus Today
At AirPlus, the concerns of our customers always come first. Our priority is to make sure that you make a wise investment – one that you will be satisfied with for a long time to come. We are not interested in making a quick buck off our customers; instead, we choose to back up our work and products with extended, comprehensive warranties.
AirPlus has been serving the GTA for over two decades, and we are proud to be a member of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada. If you want a solid, honest consultation regarding a new central air conditioner system for your home, give our experts a call today.