Before you buy a new air conditioning unit and have it installed in your home, you want to ensure you choose one that will be easy to clean and maintain and that won't cause a disturbance while it's in operation. You may also be eco-conscious and wondering if there are choices that are less harmful to the environment than others. When you're in the market for a new central air conditioning unit, note the following factors for its purchase and installation in your home.
It might seem odd that you want to think about the placement of your air conditioning unit before you purchase it, but this is critical. You don't want it to be located where you'll be bothered by the noise as it works, such as right outside a bedroom or living room window. Note the most unobtrusive location for it outside your home, away from the most occupied rooms.
Once you've done that, you then want to note the location of the air filter of the unit. This should be easy for you to reach since it needs to be replaced often. If the air filter will be on the side that faces your house once you decide on its location, this can make it difficult if not impossible to replace the air filter. This is why its placement is the first thing to consider.
2. Condenser coil material
Choose a unit that has the condenser coil and fins made of the same material, such as all copper or all aluminum. This is because mixed metals can easily become corroded when they get wet, so you may see more rust and other corrosion form more quickly when you choose a condenser that has mixed metals.
3. For the eco-conscious
Note the refrigerant required for use with your air conditioner and choose one that is very eco-friendly. Some refrigerants harm the ozone layer when released, whereas others are made of nontoxic materials. Those that are more eco-friendly may require more compression to create cold air, so be sure you note what your air conditioner can support before purchase.
When you have the air conditioning unit installed, also consider installing a zone thermostat in your home. This will allow you to dictate the areas of the home that get cooled at one time, so you're not cooling your entire home needlessly. This will mean not just energy savings but also using less refrigerant during summer months. For help choosing and installing your air conditioning unit, click here.