When you move into a home that needs an upgrade in its air conditioning or a whole new cooling system, this is an important task to complete before the heat of summer sets in. When you have to make it through a summer without an air conditioner, or with one that is not sufficient to cool your space and is constantly breaking down or not running well, you will understand why air conditioning is such an important comfort to have. When you are ready to buy and install your next air conditioner, here are some tips to remember so you can install the right new air conditioner for your needs.
Consider Your Climate
Depending on where you live, the temperature in summer, and the amount of humidity in the air, you will need to find the type of air conditioning that works for your area. For example, if you live in a northern climate that has mild summer temperatures, you might be able to buy and install a small window unit air conditioner to help you stay cool all summer.
However, if your home is in the deep south with high humidity and sweltering summer temperatures, you should look for a central air conditioner that pulls moisture from the air while it cools it inside your home. When there is a great deal of humidity in the air, this can additionally make the air feel hot and uncomfortable, and it will need to be reduced inside your home to get a handle on lowering the temperature.
But if you live in a climate that is very dry and hot, such as in the southwest desert areas of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico, you can install a traditional air conditioner or install an evaporative cooler. An evaporative cooler is one that cycles the air through saturated padding to cool the air in your home. But because this type of cooler adds moisture to the air, it will not cool effectively in a humid climate.
Calculate Your Home Size
The size and layout of your home will also determine what type of air conditioner you will need to get to cool your home. If you live in a large home with several different floors, you will likely need to install more than one air conditioner, with one on each floor of your home.
But, for example, if your home is a small single story home, you might be able to install a small air conditioner within the ventilation, or a ductless mini-split system that is installed on the exterior wall inside your home. You may also want to install a window mounted air conditioner, which you can remove from the window and put into storage during the cooler months and winter.