When the time comes to purchase a new air conditioning unit, you may not know where to begin. The numerous types of systems and HVAC contractors available can make you feel overwhelmed. Make sure you avoid the following mistakes that people commonly make when they’re in the market for a new air conditioner.
Not Considering SEER
The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating tells you how efficient an A/C unit is. Purchasing a unit with a high SEER rating ensures you get high efficiency. The lowest SEER rating you should go for is 13. An SEER of 15 is good, and above 16 indicates a highly efficient unit.
Getting Just One Estimate
An estimate has many components that can vary, for example, price, installation costs, service contracts, and permits. To make the best decision, shop around and get multiple estimates.
If you buy a highly efficient system, chances are you’re eligible to receive a rebate. A number of manufacturers and states offer rebates to help offset the high initial costs. To make good use of these potential savings, ask your HVAC contractor about the available rebates.
Picking the Lowest Price
The lowest price doesn’t always offer the best value. While a system with a higher efficiency may cost more upfront, it will reduce your energy costs. Bearing in mind the system’s expected lifespan is 12 to 15 years, you’ll save substantially in the long run by choosing quality over upfront costs.
Not Signing a Maintenance Contract
Foreign particles like dirt and debris build up in your system over time and can cause problems that are expensive to repair. Additionally, they lower its efficiency and increase your utility bills. A maintenance contract ensures your trusted HVAC company comes in annually to clean and maintain your system, helping prevent expensive repairs and prolonging equipment life.
Avoid these pitfalls to make a smart purchase that’s worth the expense. For more information on how you should go about buying a new air conditioner, please contact us at Detmer and Sons. We’ve proudly served the Dayton area since 1978.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Dayton, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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