Save Money on a New Air Conditioner With These Tips
by Greg Leisgang on July 16, 2013
Posted in: Air Conditioners
Summers in the greater Cincinnati area require an effective cooling system; it's more of a necessity than a luxury. When it’s time to buy a new air conditioner, you may see nothing but dollar signs. Reduce stress and stretch the value of your dollar by following these tips.
- Do your homework. The Internet makes it easy to research brands and costs from the comfort of your home. When making comparisons, be sure the units you’re looking at are similar. Consulting an HVAC professional for a lifetime cost analysis can help you gain perspective on all aspects of your investment.
- Timing is everything. The laws of supply and demand apply here just like everywhere else. Instead of shopping during the summer, request quotes during down times of spring or fall, if possible.
- Sometimes more is less. Buying a new air conditioner has financial ramifications that extend past the point of the initial purchase. For example, selecting a high-efficiency unit with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of at least 16 will cost more initially but pay long-lasting dividends in the form of lower utility bills.
- Safeguard your purchase. You can avoid surprise expenses down the road with an extended warranty. Evaluate the different plans available just as you would an insurance policy, looking at scope of coverage, eligible time frames and deductibles. Make sure you understand your responsibilities in keeping the warranty valid, such as yearly professional maintenance.
- Choose your HVAC company carefully. Your relationship will most likely run for the life of your new air conditioner when you take into account issues such as annual maintenance and service calls. A reliable contractor offers peace of mind that has a value greater than money.
At JonLe Heating & Cooling, we understand the importance of a new air conditioner to the comfort and value of your home. Our trained professionals have been assisting residents of greater Cincinnati with their HVAC needs for more than 50 years.
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