When you are ready to upgrade your air conditioner, you have a couple of options: A ground unit or a rooftop unit. There are advantages to both, so thoroughly reviewing your options with an air conditioner contractor can help you make the right decision for your Chandler home.
Here are a few things you should consider when making your choice:
Chandler summers are very hot, which can put a lot of strain on your air conditioner. A rooftop unit will bear the full brunt of the summer sun. Your air conditioner will work harder than it ever has, and you’ll spend a mint on cooling costs.
In addition to being exposed to the sun, a rooftop unit will be exposed to the elements, including heavy winds and thunderstorms. The unit will collect a lot of debris, such as leaves and pine needles, and it can be easily damaged by a falling branch.
A ground unit will be shaded by trees, shrubbery and your house itself. The unit will be better insulated and protected from the elements.
Installation and Maintenance
Ground units come out on top when taking installation and maintenance into consideration, as well. Air conditioning installation is challenging on top of a roof. The units are too heavy to carry up a ladder, so special equipment like a crane is required. Maintenance can also be tricky since the air conditioner contractor will have to climb up a ladder to reach the unit each time. Both installation and maintenance will be more expensive.
A ground unit is easier to install and maintain. You can also check on it more easily to clear debris or to change a filter between maintenance visits.
If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association, you may not have much choice in a rooftop or ground unit. Your HSA may have strict rules about what type of unit you can own.
Even if you don’t have an HSA, you may still be limited by what’s customary in your neighborhood. If every other house on your block has a ground unit but you install a rooftop unit, it will stick out like a sore thumb — and bring down the value of your property. Choose a unit that is going to look good on your home and will fit in with the look of the rest of your neighborhood.
The experienced professionals at Comfort Experts can help you choose the right air conditioning unit for your Chandler home. An air conditioning contractor from our team can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages as they apply to your home and your financial needs.
Our professionals will then perform the Chandler air conditioning installation and offer ongoing maintenance to improve the longevity of the unit. Call us today to learn more about the air conditioning options available to you.
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