Features to Look For When Buying a New AC Unit

Published on: July 31, 2012

When you’re looking for a new HVAC system, all of the new technologies that have made their way into the industry may seem a bit overwhelming. Finding the right air conditioning installation can mean the difference in literally tens of thousands of dollars worth of replacements and repairs.

With that in mind, it pays to go over some of the basic things that you should look for in a new HVAC system. Below are a few of the most common upgrades that should be considered by any residential or commercial real estate owner who is looking to upgrade or replace their current HVAC system.

Multi Filter System
Unlike many old HVAC systems, new air conditioning installations usually come with multi-filter systems. These multi-filter systems are much better at filtering out the different types of contaminant particles that come from the outside air.

As a result of this new technology, the overall indoor air quality that you can expect from any HVAC system has increased dramatically. If you have not had a new air conditioning installation in the past five years, you should definitely look into getting a multi-filter system for your health as well as your financial well-being.

In the multi-filter system, each filter is responsible for a different contaminant. For instance, there is a specialized filter for bacteria, yet another for viruses, and yet another for allergens and pollen agents that often contaminate indoor air no matter how good an HVAC system is.

These filters are also much easier to clean as they do not get his dirty. Although they are more numerous, you will certainly thank them for increasing the quality of your indoor air and decreasing the amount of AC service calls that you must take over the life of an air conditioning installation.

Dual Compressor System

One of the most important upgrades to new air conditioning installations as definitely been the incorporation of a dual compressor system. Normally, air conditioning units only have one compressor, which is the hardest working part of the air-conditioning unit. Once this compressor goes bad or starts needing constant repair, the rest of the system is not far behind.

A dual compressor system is more easily able to handle volatile weather changes. In places such as the southern United States with extremely hot summers and sudden rain torrents, having a dual compressor system and keeping up on its maintenance can drastically decrease the amount of replacements and repairs that must be made over the entire air-conditioning system.

Easy Cleaning Mechanism

Another great advancement of new air-conditioning systems is their ease of use. It is especially relevant to note that new air-conditioning systems are much easier to clean than their older counterparts. This alone can save you a great deal of money.

With old HVAC systems, people would often have to call in a licensed professional for the most basic of cleaning operations such as a filter change. Along with the new filter system in many air conditioning systems, the entire unit has been reworked to give more access to the layman or other parts of the air-conditioning system that can be cleaned without the aid of a professional.

Energy Efficient Output

All air-conditioning systems that have been created in the past few years are much more energy efficient than their older counterparts. New chemicals that increase the airflow within the system have created a more efficient system overall. Environmental upgrades have also created the ability of an air-conditioning system to provide more energy efficient heating and cooling with less of a toll on the outside environment.

Normally these environmental changes would mean that a person would have to pay more for the privilege. However, with the new upgraded air-conditioning systems of today, environmentally safe air-conditioning systems actually cost less in the short term and in the long term.

More efficient, environmentally conscious air-conditioning systems use less energy overall. This means that the air-conditioning system laughs for a longer period of time and is more healthy during its tenure as well. This means that you do not have to call in inexpensive professional to make as many repairs or replacements on the system as would be necessary with an older air-conditioning unit.

Higher Ratings

When it comes to purchasing a new air-conditioning system, you can now quantify exactly how much efficiency you are receiving. Make sure to pick up and read a copy of Manual J and Manual D so that you will know the right size air-conditioning units to get for your living space.

You will also find the efficiency rating systems that are used by states and the federal government to be quite useful. The most common of these systems, the EER and SEER rating systems, can provide you with a great guideline for purchasing a unit that is up to standard (hint: all units made recently are higher on the standard than older air-conditioning units)