For any home owner, installing a top quality home air conditioner is an obvious investment worth making. That being said, many home owners are running life on a budget. So, making a large investment in a HVAC unit seems a little excessive, right?

If you are a home owner and want to go for a smaller-level HVAC system, it’s worth considering. Before you go and order, though, you should read on. We’ll look at whether or not a small-scale system is really good enough for your needs. Let’s start by looking at the five key factors of a new home air conditioner, and whether smaller systems can meet those needs.

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Capacity Counts

First off, the scope and capacity of the model matters most. Size and capacity counts for a lot in the HVAC industry. While a smaller model might not cost you much today, to cool your whole house you will need multiple models working simultaneously. This makes it hard to find a low-capacity, low-cost model that can deliver improved quality of living into every room. Surely you have to cool your whole house in the Summer, right? Otherwise you’ll just be living in one room! Therefore, your AC has to match the square footage of the house itself. Lower scale and cost models are unlikely to do so, and will lack the cooling or heating ability that you need.

As such, look for a unit that might cost a little more today, but offers greater cooling capacity. The more capacity provided, the greater the scope of the system. Never make an investment in a second rate HVAC system that cannot meet your size of property. Instead, make the investment in a larger one that can handle the required capacity.

Energy Efficiency

Efficiency is a buzzword in many ways today, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. A highly efficient AC unit that is of the smaller size is very rare indeed. Most of the time, a small and low cost unit is likely to deliver an inefficient performance; this is the cost of ease of use and installation.

Always be sure to take a look at how efficient a model is supposed to be. You might need to pay more upfront for a full installation instead of a portable or low-cost model, for example, but it will cost you more long-term. A bigger, better air conditioner will be more efficient and are thus more likely to deliver lasting returns.

You should look to invest in energy efficient models, then, purely on the basis that it’s going to offer a better return on investment. A high-cost HVAC system is high-cost today, low-cost tomorrow. With a ‘cheap’ unit, you will spend less today, but will relatively spend more on cooling your house over time. Fortunately, there are plenty of models on the market that fit the bill. Just ask one of our contractors for more information!

Extra Features

Of course it’s important to have a home air conditioner that meets your expectations. 99% of the time, that just means keeping cool. But an AC unit can come with what many would consider ‘special features’ to help improve its operation. Take a closer look at the features your smaller model is capable of providing. Smaller models tend to be quite basic, and can be inaccurate when it comes to controlling the temperature.

For example, a larger HVAC unit can give you a zoned cooling system. This helps to make sure you can easily heat and cool different parts of the household at different times. Other units can automatically turn on or off at various times of day, which can be useful if you want your house to be nice and cool when you get home from work. Smaller AC units don’t tend to have this kind of functionality.

Home Air Conditioner Installation

Another irritating issue is installation. A smaller model is easy to install, and can usually be done alone. Why? Because they’re portable, and all you have to do is plug them into an electrical source. If you would rather have a larger AC unit, then you will need to have this installed by an expert contractor (like us!) So in terms of ease of installation, if that’s your sole concern, then you should buy a smaller portable unit every time.

However, it’s difficult to think of a circumstance where ease of installation is going to be your primary concern. Installation only takes a day or two, if you hire an expert contractor. But efficiency and cost-effectiveness are going to affect your household bills for years and years to come. And if you only need one room cooled (or heated- because portable HVAC units can do both), then surely getting a smaller portable system is going to be even more important.

Still confused about home air conditioner installation?

When it comes to HVAC and AC units, you shouldn’t look to scrimp and save. Keeping cool in the Summer and keeping hot in the Winter is far more important than saving a couple hundred dollars in the short term. You’ll significantly improve your quality of life, and save plenty of money on your household bills, if you buy a top quality unit.

So if you would like to know more, why not give us a call today? We’re happy to answer any questions that you might have, whether it’s about installing a brand new AC unit, or about anything else.