Buying Air Conditioning – Advice From the Pros

  • Posted by: Eder Teixeira
buying air conditioning

Of all the energy a typical home uses, around half is from HVAC systems. This means for most homeowners, keeping their home warm or cool is a huge expense.

Depending on the specifics, systems can last around 10 to 20 years. This means if you stay in one home for a while, you may eventually find yourself in need of a new system.

Noticing some issues with your system? Ready to upgrade your current heating and cooling system, but feeling lost about the process? Keep reading for everything you need to know when buying air conditioning systems!

1. Unit Size

Having the correct unit size is important and ensures your entire home will be the correct temperature. You need a unit large enough to cover your entire house, but be careful about just going with the biggest unit possible.

Having a unit that is actually too big for your home wastes lots of energy.

Be sure to understand how to determine the unit size your home needs. Most contractors will take measurements and recommend units based on those numbers.

2. Professional Installation

Full HVAC systems are much more involved than a simple window AC unit. Due to this, finding a reputable system installer is the safest bet. Consider reviewing sites like Yelp to see what previous customers are saying.

Get a quote from a few contractors in order to compare options. You also can buy your own unit and have them install it in order to save some money.

3. Costs with Buying Air Conditioning Systems

Nobody wants to overpay for a new HVAC unit. But with most things, be wary of prices so cheap they seem unbelievable.

Do your research on different brands. Most products are very similar, just with different names. Expect to pay at least $5,000 for a new system. If you replace your furnace at the same time be prepared to pay a few thousand more.

4. Energy Efficiency: SEER Rating

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is an evaluation of how efficient an AC unit is. Higher SEER means higher efficiency. Federal guidelines now require units to have at least a SEER rating of 13.

You may be tempted to spend extra money for a higher SEER rating. In certain cases this makes sense, but often the higher ratings come from laboratory testing, which is nothing like the real-world use of AC.

5. Regular Maintenance

Not keeping up with maintenance means your system will not function as well as it should. In addition to not keeping you cool or warm, it could also impact the air quality inside your home.

More importantly, factory warranties typically are voided when you don’t keep up with necessary maintenance. Catching any issues early on will prevent larger issues down the road.

Remain Cool with Your New Air Conditioning Unit

Buying air conditioning systems can be confusing, but it is a necessary part of owning a home.

Have some specific questions about your current system or want to chat about new options? Please contact us and we would love to help you out!

Author: Eder Teixeira

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