If you live in an older home, you will understand how important it is to keep up with maintenance and to make sure that all of your appliances and installations are fit for purpose. Consequently, to keep your budget on schedule it may be time to consider an upgrade to your home air conditioning system, as it's been many years since you did so and it has surely seen its better days. How can you make sure that you spend your money wisely here, so you can look forward to years of efficient and cost-effective cooling?
A lot has changed in the world of technology since your last system was introduced and this means that your new installation will be very beneficial in more ways than one.
At the outset, make sure that you buy a unit with the highest SEER rating you can find. This refers to seasonal energy efficiency ratio and is a way of ensuring the highest levels of energy efficiency possible. When you do so, you will find that these units will be compatible with some bolt-on technologies that allow you to link the system to your smart phone and segregate the property into different interactive zones. You will be able to connect through Wi-Fi to thermostats and can set up the system so that it operates over variable speed settings, rather than be simply 'on' or 'off'.
Before you buy this part of the equation, however, have a good look at your installed ducting. If it is rather old, this may need an upgrade as well. After all, there is no point in you introducing high efficiency if your vents and ducting system cannot cope. The vents themselves may well be covered with rigid fins that are permanently fixed in place, and you may want to replace these with thinner and movable options that can direct the air flow dynamically.
Match your new system with a better air purification product to give you a much higher level of indoor air quality. Once again, the latest air conditioning products can communicate with third-party products like this to provide you with a perfect indoor environment in all of the individual zones.
Making the Investment
Your residential A/C provider will be able to introduce you to other solutions that can complement your upgraded installation. While you may have to invest at the front end here, remember that high levels of efficiency will lead to lower utility bills in the months and years ahead.