It’s been a real scorcher this summer. In fact, it’s the hottest summer (so far) since they’ve been keeping records. With the rising temperatures will come an increase in air conditioning use. If you’re “power driving” your AC you might discover that it’s not performing as it should be. The fault might be in the age of that unit. Like any other type of appliance, an AC that is running 24/7 is simply going to wear down. If you’re considering buying a new model you might want to consider these helpful shopping tips:
Is this the right time to buy an AC? Actually, we’re at the peak of the summer where air conditioners are fetching a premium price. If you can hold out for a couple more weeks you might find a better bargain as retailers are looking to clear out the showrooms of their “summer stuff.” That’s when the discounts will really kick in. But if your AC is on the fritz, you might not have a choice to wait.
If you’re replacing a particular type of AC unit then it is easy to decide which type to buy. However, you might take a moment to consider all your options. For instance, many homeowners without central air have window units but there are also portable units that can be moved from room to room. This is a decent option when you want to conserve energy and save on your electric bills. Why cool off the whole house when you’re just using two rooms?
You’ll also want to check out all the improvements in AC design such as adjustable thermostats, variable cooling and fan speeds. Some units have an energy efficient setting that will shut down the fan when the unit has achieved its desired cooling temperature. Your new AC should also have an adjustable vent which will allow you to direct the cool air and an easy to remove filer for hassle free cleaning.
Make sure your new AC will be EnergyStar rated. That will guarantee the unit will be operating at peak efficiency which will translate into energy savings for you. The higher the number of cooling capacity or BTUs the more powerful the unit will be but think about room size. For a 150 square feet room you really only need around 5,000 BTU/Hour unit.
After factoring in all those “factors” you’ll be ready to head off to the store to begin shopping in earnest but don’t forget about one of the most important factors and that would be getting rid of the old AC. You’re not going to be able to throw out your AC in the trash. Instead, call up Junk King KC and let them take away that AC to dispose of it properly. While they’re at it, Junk King can also make a clean sweep of your basement, garage or closet to cart away all kinds of junk you want to get rid of. You’ll find yourself cooling off a lot better in a house free of junk!