- Before buying an air conditioning unit for your home or office, it is important to consider what size unit will best suit your needs
- be prepared to spend anywhere from $3,000 for a basic model to over $10,000 for a larger unit
- When installing your air conditioner there are three areas of concern
Before buying an air conditioning unit for your Salt Lake City home or office, it is important to consider what size unit will best suit your needs. Air conditioning units are measured in tons. The number of tons a unit depends on how much heat it can drain from the given space over the course of an hour. It is best to consult with an HVAC contractor to determine what size you need. They will calculate the square footage of your home as well as the height of each room.
Once you know what size unit your space requires, be prepared to spend anywhere from $3,000 for a basic model to over $10,000 for a larger unit. Remember that you should think not only about the initial cost but the lifetime costs of your unit. Perhaps it’s not a bad idea to pay a little more upfront for an efficient machine that will cost you less in the long run.
After purchasing your air conditioner, the next step is to install it. When installing your air conditioner, there are three things to look out for:
Have your contractor check that the airflow of the unit is calibrated correctly. Air that moves too slow or too fast through the ducts will result in an inefficient and less effective result. Normally the rate of airflow is set by the manufacturer.
Have your air ducts tested? If they are leaky, the unit will work overtime trying to keep your house cool, adding unnecessary costs to your monthly bill. Your contractor can create airtight ducts by using a metal-backed duct tape or a mastic sealant.
Similarly to airflow, your contractor should check with the manufacturer to confirm how much refrigerant should be used. If the wrong amount of coolant is used, your system will perform poorly, and you will end up paying more money over the years.