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Tips to Choose the Perfect Air Conditioner to Beat the Heat

The information below is generic and may not apply to your particular system. For information on your particular system, feel free to give the Dr. a call

Sweating bullets as soon as you step outside? It might be time to invest in a new AC. With summer heat waves coming, now is the time to purchase your appliance to help you beat the heat for those long, hot days. However, with so many brands and models available on the market, it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. Here are some helpful tips that will help you navigate this complex purchase. 

Understand Your Needs 

If you're looking for an AC to keep your whole house cool, then you'll need a unit that's much more powerful than one solely for a bedroom or small home. What type of space will the device be cooling? If you want something to cool off your whole house, look for models with larger capacity and energy efficiency. 

If you need to cool only one room, then invest in a model with lower capacity and less power consumption. 

How do you plan on using the appliance? Establishing how the air conditioner will be used is important because it affects what features are necessary. For example, if you live in a humid climate, then it may be worth investing in an air conditioner with dehumidifier technology. If your building is heated, then it might be wise to invest in an air conditioner that has humidity control so the moisture doesn't increase during the winter months. 

Know the Features and Get a Quote  

Before you start looking for an AC, it's important to know what you're looking for. This will help you narrow down the field of potential appliances. 

For example, if your home doesn't have central air, then a window unit might be the best option for you. If you have an open floor plan with high ceilings, then a ceiling-mount unit may be more practical. If your budget is limited, then a portable unit may be most affordable. If your living space is large, then a multi-room system may be the most cost-effective choice for your needs. 

It's also important to consider how much energy efficiency is worth to you when purchasing your AC. A higher SEER rating means that the appliance will use less electricity and therefore cost less to operate over time. To help determine which models are right for you, compare each model’s SEER values before making a decision. 

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing an AC is its warranty period. It's always better to purchase something with a longer warranty because once it breaks down your options are more limited and costly. Finally, it's important to factor installation costs into any quote that they provide as this can significantly change the total price of the product depending on where you need to install it in your home or office space. 

Comparing Brands and Models 

Choosing a brand and model is a major decision. There are many different brands to choose from, with even more models. So how can you pick the one that’s right for you? 

The first thing to do is consider which type of AC will work best for your home. Generally, there are two types: window and central air. Window ACs come in smaller sizes and can be placed on a window sill or mounted on the wall. Central ACs take up more space but allow for greater customization and energy efficiency (unless you go with a standard window unit). 

Once you’ve decided on the type of device, it’s time to compare brands and models. The best way to do this is by reading reviews from people who have purchased them in the past. This will allow you to find out what previous buyers liked about their purchase and what they didn’t like as much. You can also look at ratings online or go into stores that sell these appliances and ask an employee questions about particular models and brands before making your final decision. 

Consider the Size of Your Home  

The size of your home is an important factor to consider when purchasing an air conditioner. How much living space are you trying to cool? Do you have a one-bedroom apartment or a three-story house with eight bedrooms? If the former, you may need a smaller unit. Conversely, if you have a larger living space, then the size of the unit will depend on how quickly it needs to cool down. 

Ask for a Warranty and Read Reviews  

When you buy a new appliance, chances are you will want to take it back to the store if there is a problem. Many stores offer a warranty that covers repairs or replacement for one year from purchase. If you have any questions about your warranty, ask the salesperson before purchasing. With so many brands and models on the market, it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for you. To help narrow down your options, check online reviews from customers. You can find reviews at third-party sites or even on the manufacturer's website if they have them available. Reviews are a great way to learn about customer satisfaction with certain brands and models as well as important features of each air conditioner before making a decision. 

Check-in With Friends and Neighbors  

One of the best ways to find out which AC will work best for you is to ask your friends and neighbors. They might be able to recommend a particular model that they think is the best. This way, you could get some good advice without having to do all the research yourself. 

Temperature running high, call the Doctor!