5 Things To Know Before Buying An Air Conditioner

by | Mar 8, 2020 | Air Conditioning | 0 comments

Like many systems, AC needs a little TLC to run properly. However, before you buy that next air conditioner, there’s a few things you need to know first.

Here are some quick and easy maintenance tips and tricks for air conditioning and window units.


5 Things Air Conditioner Buyers Should Know Before Buying


1. Why and How to Change Filters

Dirty filters are extremely bad for your cooling system’s efficiency, to prevent any issues, you should install a new one every month during summer (or properly clean them if you’ve got the washable type). Inspect the filter’s minimum efficiency reporting value, this typically ranges from 1 to 12; the larger the number, the greater filtration it provides.

2. Why and How to Insulate

Hot attics or crawl spaces should be properly insulated to keep the air within them cool. To do this you can use three different types of insulation, batt insulation, spray foam, or rigid foam insulation. When you seal your space with batt and rigid insulation you should use foil tape.

3. Why and How to Service Compressor/Condenser

A cooling system’s air compressor and condenser are typically outside the house, close to your foundation. It usually works best when there are around 24 inches of space on all sides, so try to eliminate tall grass, leaves, nearby shrubs, and hanging branches.

4. Why and How to Get Airflow

Opening and closing too many doors cause air conditioning systems to lose balance, which causes less airflow in the house.

5. Why and How to Keep Unit Cool

Help your cooling system continue running longer by keeping blinds or shades down during the day. Consider running the cooling system along with floor or ceiling fans to circulate cold air more successfully.

Wrapping It Up

Knowing these things before any decision-making process begins, you will be prepared for any air conditioning concerns that you need to know.

Contact Southern Pride Service, Inc to schedule an appointment with our friendly Southern Maryland heating technicians today. We are here to help with choosing the right air conditioning unit and making sure your system installation is done right the first time.

Air Conditioning Repair Services

 If your air conditioning system isn't working properly, prompt repair is important to keep you comfortable in your home. Southern Pride Service offers cooling system repair services for AC systems of all types. This includes:

  • Central air conditioning system repair

  • Heat pump repair

  • Ductless air conditioning system repair

  • Geothermal system repair

Our experienced HVAC team can diagnose and treat all types of AC problems. Some common reasons that you might need cooling system repair include:

  • Air conditioner won't turn on 

  • Air conditioner won't cool properly 
  • Freezing of the outdoor unit

  • Leaks

  • Unusual sounds or smells

  • Electrical problems

Our repair technicians use the latest tools and technology to diagnose your system's needs. We offer fair, upfront pricing and prompt repair services.

 Schedule AC repair now so you can be cool and comfortable in your home. Call 301-932-4925 or contact us online.


Air Conditioning Installation and Replacement Services

 When it comes time to replace an older or faulty air conditioning system, or install an entirely new unit, our team will recommend the best system for your home and budget.  We'll work with you to take the stress out of the install process with quick and efficient service. We also offer financing options to make it more affordable. 

 Some signs that you're in need of replacement include:

  • Cost of repair is high, so replacement is more cost-effective

  • The system is 10 years old or older

  • You're struggling with frequent breakdowns

  • The system still runs on Freon

 For your air conditioning installation quote, contact the pros at Southern Pride Service.


Keep Your System Properly Maintained with Southern Pride Service

 Proper AC maintenance helps extend the life span of your air conditioning and cooling system and reduce the risk of a breakdown. We offer air conditioning  maintenance plans that will help you keep your system running properly to proactively avoid costly issues and repairs later down the line. We recommend scheduling maintenance at the start of the cooling season, so that your HVAC system can operate as efficiently as possible all season long.

 Is your air conditioner overdue for maintenance? Schedule it today by calling 301-932-4925 or contacting Southern Pride Service online for help.