5 Steps to Purchase a New AC

By jairadmin
In August 23, 2018
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Buying a new Air Conditioner is a big investment – and one that should be carefully considered. When shopping for a new AC, homeowners need to weigh their priorities with price.

To get the results you want from your new AC investment, you should schedule an evaluation, research available financing options and rebates and compare features, prices, and products. Going through this due process will result in lower energy bills, increased indoor comfort, and improved air quality.

Step 1: Get an Evaluation by a Certified HVAC Contractor

Have your home or building evaluated by a trusted NATE Certified HVAC contractor. The size of the living space, micro climate and existing duct work determine what type of AC is best for your needs. The HVAC contractor should use a duct-sizing method to determine if all the duct sections in the space are properly sized for efficient cooling.

Johnson Air tip: The Air Conditioner Contractors of America (ACCA) website provides a guide in Manual J to properly evaluate a home or building’s cooling needs.

If your home is not properly evaluated, an oversized AC unit could be installed. Oversized units are more expensive upfront and cycle on and off frequently. This causes your energy bills to increase and temperatures to fluctuate.

Step 2: Prioritize Your Cooling Needs

Once your space has been evaluated by a trusted HVAC contractor, it’s time to explore your options for the new AC system. First, prioritize your needs. There are several factors to consider:

  • Energy efficiency / SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)
  • Technology (ex: smart thermostats)
  • Eco-friendliness
  • Zoning / consistent room-to-room temperature
  • Warranties

Step 3: Find Financing That’s Right for You

Research all rebate, financing options, tax incentives and saving opportunities. Rebates and energy incentives are available through your utility company, state and federal government. Here are some resources you can tap into:

Step 4: Compare AC System Prices

After you have determined what your AC priorities are and researched what savings are available to you, it’s time to start shopping!

Be sure to look at several different models and compare prices. The lowest bid that provides all the features you require does not necessarily mean it is best AC system for you.

Keep in mind that an energy-efficient system will cost more upfront, but it will eventually pay for itself and save you long-term on energy bills.

Step 5: Have a Trusted HVAC Professional Install Your New System

Hire a trusted HVAC contractor to perform the installation of your new AC system. Systems that have been installed incorrectly can lead to a malfunctioning system, expensive repairs and decreased product life.

The Johnson Air team is here to guide you through purchasing a new AC. Our NATE-certified technicians are experienced and trusted HVAC contractors, and our services are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee. Let’s get you on your way to the best energy savings and comfort for your home!

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