Buying an air conditioner 101
Buying a new air conditioner is an investment. An investment in comfort. An investment in your budget. An investment in the environment. That is why it is important that you are up-to-speed on some basic things about air conditioners before you go to make a purchase.
Here are the things we think are important for you to know before you go to buy a new air conditioner.
Contractor selection is key. If you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur. Make sure you do your research and the person you hire is up-to-date on licenses, permits and training. Someone who offers you a rock-bottom price may also be offering rock-bottom quality. Read reviews. Get recommendations. Ask questions.
Investing in efficiency is the best way to lower monthly heating and cooling expenses. Efficiency is not an investment you are going to regret down the road. A high-efficiency air conditioner may cost more upfront, but you may be able to recoup those costs in efficient performance over the life of that system. Plus, an efficient system may qualify for local rebates, a manufacturer rebate or be included under a national tax break. A little digging can get you more information as to what you are entitled to as a high-efficiency air conditioner owner.
The purchase doesn’t stop at the air conditioner. Have your contractor inspect your ductwork, recommend IAQ products, and make sure that your indoor and outdoor equipment is properly matched. For example, you may get a great system installed, but your ductwork is the incorrect size to deliver the capacity of the air conditioner. Also, you want to make sure that you take a look into your thermostat options. Do you want a programmable model? Programmable thermostats can help you save additional money through a set comfort schedule.
Your air conditioner will need yearly attention. Like your car, air conditioners need regular check-ups to make sure they are running properly. Yearly preventative maintenance can also aid in helping your system last as long as possible. Plus, a good cleaning can help improve airflow and maximize the efficiency of your equipment.
Start the process by finding a high-quality local HVAC contractor. Ask questions. Get quotes. Enjoy your new air conditioner.
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