5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Air Conditioner
Homeowners pay approximately $29 billion every year to run their air conditioning.
If you feel like you’re paying more than your share of that total, replacing your outdated or inefficient unit could cut your costs significantly. Installing a high-efficiency air conditioner could cut your heating and cooling costs by up to 20%.
Before buying a new air conditioner, ask these five questions.
1. What Size and Type Do I Need?
A knowledgeable HVAC company can give you specific recommendations for the type of air conditioner and the size you need for your home. Getting the right type of system is important to ensure the new unit cools your home well.
The company should calculate the size of the system you need to cool your home properly. An undersized system can’t keep up with your demands. An oversized system can use more energy and cause humidity problems.
Ensure the company calculates your needs and chooses a properly sized system for your home.
2. Can the Current Components Be Used?
Check with the HVAC pros to see if the current air conditioning components will be compatible with the new unit.
They should check your current ductwork to see if it’s in good enough shape to handle the new system. It’s common for ductwork to have leaks. Ask if the company recommends any ductwork repairs or replacement.
You should also ask if your current thermostat is compatible with the new air conditioner. Technological advancements in air conditioning might mean you need a new thermostat to run the new unit.
3. How Efficient Is the Unit?
Checking the EER and SEER ratings on different air conditioners helps you compare the energy efficiency of the units. Ask the HVAC company to explain the differences in energy efficiency between the options. You can also ask how the new system will affect your utility bills.
4. What Should I Expect During Installation?
Find out how long you can expect to wait for the installation. If the company is booked out for weeks and your air conditioner isn’t working, you might want to look for a company that can handle the work sooner.
Ask about prep work that you need to do to make the job easier, such as clearing items out of the area.
Find out how long the installation should take. If they need to do plumbing, duct, or electrical work, the process will take longer, possibly multiple days. Knowing what to expect helps you plan around the work and any disruptions it causes.
5. What Special Offers Do You Have?
Getting an accurate estimate based on the specific system you need for your home helps you plan for the financial part of a new air conditioner. Ask if the company has any rebates or other special offers. Some companies might have financing options that can make the purchase more affordable.
Check on warranties and guarantees on the work. Maintenance programs can also be a good option when buying a new air conditioner. Enrolling in one helps your new air conditioner stay in excellent condition.
Buying a New Air Conditioner
Asking the right questions before you buy a new air conditioner can save you money and reduce stress. Finding a reputable HVAC professional makes the process easier and helps you get the answers you need.
If you’re ready for a new air conditioner, contact us for an estimate and more information.