HVAC Hacks: Tips for Novices and New Homeowners

4 Things To Consider Before Replacing Your Air Conditioning Unit

For people who live in hot climates, air conditioning is essential during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, air conditioning units do not last forever and many homeowners will eventually have to replace theirs. Since new air conditioning units can be quite expensive, it is important to be informed before making a purchase and having a unit installed. Use the following tips when you're shopping for a new air conditioning unit:

Buy the Right Size

When purchasing a new air conditioning unit, it is essential to purchase the right size. If you purchase a unit that is too small, it will not have the power that it needs to be able to properly cool your home. In the event that you make the mistake of buying an A/C unit that is too big, it will not run efficiently. Most homeowners do not know how to determine what size air conditioning unit they need, so it is in your best interest to contact a reputable HVAC company for assistance. 

Choose Your HVAC Company Wisely

Before purchasing your air conditioning unit, take the time to get several quotes from different HVAC companies in your area. Do not expect price quotes over the phone-- reputable HVAC companies will need to view the system that you are replacing and examine the size of your home in order to make a quote. After getting quotes, also consider the reputation of the company and the warranty offered on the unit itself and the labor. 

Look for Rebates

In many cases, there are a number or rebates available when purchasing a new HVAC unit. Sometimes the rebates are offered by the manufacturer or the HVAC company, and in other instances utility companies may offer rebates if you upgrade to an energy-efficient unit. It is also worth your time to do some research to see if their are any tax credits available at the local, state, or federal level for air conditioning unit upgrades. 

Budget for Installation Costs

As you're shopping for an air conditioning unit, it is important to note that in most cases the price shown does not include installation. It can be a complicated process to install a whole new air conditioning system, and the cost of labor can be a big percentage of your overall expenses. Keep this in mind to help ensure that you don't spend more than you can afford on the unit, leaving you without enough money to cover the cost of installation.