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Factors to Consider When Choosing an AC Unit for Your Tampa Home


One of the main components of creating a comfortable space in your home is having a suitable air conditioning unit. With so many types of AC units available on the market, each with unique features and benefits, choosing a unit can be overwhelming. However, when you take the time to research all the important factors of air conditioning installation, the process will be much easier. In this blog post, we will review some key things to remember when choosing a new air conditioning unit for your home. But first, we will help you decide whether replacing your AC is the right step at this time.

When Is It Time to Replace the AC?

So how do you know that your AC needs to be replaced? The answer depends on the unit’s signs of wear and tear. Below are some signs to look for when considering replacing your air conditioning unit.

It is Getting Old

Do you know how old your AC unit is? Typically, an AC unit is designed to last about 15-20 years, depending on the manufacturer and maintenance. The older the AC, the more problems it will begin to present. Once it reaches its maximum lifespan, it will shut down completely. 

Most manufacturers have a place on their website where you can check the age of the AC with its serial number. If you can’t find it, you can ask your local air conditioning installation tech to help you. 

It Breaks Down Frequently

Another reason to consider replacing your air conditioning unit is when it begins to break down more and more frequently. As the air conditioning unit ages, the typical wear and tear will lead to broken or clogged parts. You will find yourself calling a tech more often, and eventually, there will be a problem that will cause the unit to shut down completely, necessitating a replacement. 

High Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bills are skyrocketing, the old AC unit may be the culprit. As the AC ages, its efficiency will decrease. It will begin to consume more energy to produce the same temperatures, as evident in your energy bills. The longer you wait to replace the unit, the more money it will cost you in the long run. 

Poor Performance

Your AC should be producing consistent temperatures throughout the home. If you feel warm in one part of the home but cold in another, the unit is likely underperforming. This is a definite sign of its old age and a need for a replacement. 

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a New AC

If you’re in the process of replacing your AC, you must keep in mind the following factors as you select the new unit. 

Efficiency Rates

The efficiency of air conditioners is rated by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). Your AC’s efficiency increases with a higher SEER rating. This is good because it won’t consume as much energy, and it will save you money on monthly bills. By the way, the federal government is currently offering tax credits on air conditioning installations of units of high-tier efficiency. Read more about it on the blog. 

AC Size Needed for the Home

Another critical factor to consider is the size of your home. Air conditioners do not come as one-size-fits-all and must be fitted to accommodate the square footage of your home. The technician installing the new unit will help you select the best suited for your needs.

Brand of the AC Unit

The brand of the AC will also play a significant role in the selection you make. Here are the top brands that you have to choose from: 

Budget Constraints

Your budget will also dictate the choice of your new air conditioning unit. Each type of unit is made with various features and benefits that carry its own price tag. For example, central air conditioning is pretty expensive, especially when you also have to install ductwork. Your technician will help formulate a plan for installation that is most in line with your budget. 

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Are you in need of a new AC for your home? Call Universal Air & Heat to learn about your options and get a top-notch installation.


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