Before Replacing Your Air Conditioning System

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Nothing lasts forever. No matter how good it is or how great your warranty, sooner or later, you’re going to have to replace your air conditioner.

Which is, let’s be honest, a real pain. For starters, unless you’re working in the HVAC industry or have a very strange hobby, you probably aren’t up-to-date on the latest industry technologies and trends. How are you supposed to know what’s good and what’s not? How do you know what you really need? Where do you even begin?

We think you should begin with these simple questions.

Question #1: How much can you spend?


Air conditioners come in all shapes, sizes, and, most importantly, prices. We recommend you come with a number of what you’d like to pay, and another price for what you could pay if you absolutely had to.

Know your budget before you start looking.

Question #2: What size HVAC system do you need?


You might think to buy the same size system as before. This assumes your old system was properly sized. Don’t assume. Be certain.  

An improperly sized system can cost you a lot of money while it delivers inferior air quality. Get a Manual J Calculation done before you start looking, so you don’t waste time on a system not right for your home anyway.

Question #3: What incentives are available in my city or state?


You can save a lot of money on an energy efficient air conditioner depending on where you live in the United States. Each state has a lot of different rebate, financing, and other incentive programs. A little bit of research in this regard will go a long way towards minimizing how much your purchase impacts your pocketbook.  

For example, you could pair a utility energy efficiency rebate with municipal low-interest loan program and a state tax credit for maximum benefit!  

Done right, you can save a lot of money.

Question #4: How much of a priority is energy efficiency?


Simply because it has to conform to stricter regulation standards, your new air conditioner will most likely be more energy efficient than a previous generation model. That being said, not all new AC units are made equal. Some are definitely more energy efficient than others. The downside to energy efficiency is that it does not come for free. Better systems cost more, but the extra money can be a worthwhile investment.  

For example, if your new air conditioner lasts the average 15 years it’s supposed to, you’ll make approximately 180 electricity payments. Approximately 120 of those payments, perhaps more, will be heavily impacted by your air conditioner power consumption. A more efficient AC unit means those payments will be lower than with a cheaper, but less efficient system.  

You need to consider how much saving money over the next 100+ utility payments is worth to you.

Know Your Answers?


Those 4 basic questions are the ones you need to ask yourself before, not after, you buy. If you do, you should find picking the right AC unit a little bit easier than you might have expected.

Of course, it’ll still be a pain, but maybe less of a pain than it might be otherwise.

To check availability, call us at 1-800-360-1569 or visit our online store.

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