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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing an AC Unit

Most air conditioners last somewhere around 10-12 years, but their lifespan varies with use, weather, and maintenance. There are plenty of good reasons to consider replacing your AC unit but once you’ve made the decision, how do you know which one to choose?It’s an important decision for the life – and comfort – of your home. Here are five things to consider when comparing air conditioners.
1. Brand Name is Better
Some generic items like T-shirts and cereals are just as good as their brand name counterparts, but the same doesn’t generally hold true for appliances. Brand names like Lennox, Carrier, and Trane have spent decades perfecting their products and regularly invest big bucks in research and development. When choosing a brand name air conditioner you can be sure you’re getting the most efficient product available.
2. How Hot is Your Home?
Just because you and your neighbor live in similarly-sized houses doesn’t mean you need the same size AC. The number of windows you have, the thickness of your insulation, and even factors like shade trees can impact your AC needs. It’s important to have a knowledgeable AC installer like those at MTB Mechanical to help you understand your home’s requirements before you purchase a new HVAC system.
3. The Size of the Unit
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to AC! In fact, choosing an air conditioner that’s too big for your home will actually give you less efficiency, causing the system to cycle on and off more frequently. Likewise, purchasing a system that’s too small for your home means your unit will be working overtime, stressing its mechanics and your electrical system.
4. Your Home’s Electrical System
Speaking of electrical systems, do you know what voltage your house runs on, or how many amps of power it can handle? Older homes in particular can’t always accommodate the needs of today’s modern air conditioners, so you may need to bring in an electrician to upgrade your electrical before installing a new AC. MTB Mechanical partners with several skilled electricians that do just that.
5. Choose Your AC Provider Wisely
When purchasing an appliance that will serve your home for over a decade, proper installation and maintenance is critical. MTB Mechanical has 40 years of experience replacing air conditioners in Charlotte and our technicians are trained both in-house and per-manufacturer. Choosing to work with a company like MTB that charges per job, not per hour, can save you hundreds in ‘surprise’ charges when all is said and done.
Thinking of purchasing a new AC system for your Charlotte area home? Call one of the experienced pros at MTB Mechanical today!

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