Is it time to purchase a new air conditioner in your home?
We rely on our air conditioners quite heavily here in Phoenix, but they don’t last forever. Sooner or later, the time will come when you’ll need to purchase a new air conditioner, and when it does, it’s important to avoid costly mistakes in the process. At Integrity Air Conditioning and Heating, we are proud to be your HVAC service experts, and our goal is to not only help you install the right air conditioner, but also to find the right air conditioner! That’s why we’ve come up with this list of common mistakes to avoid when buying your new air conditioner:
Mistake #1. The only thing you pay attention to is the price.
It’s no secret that a new air conditioner can be expensive, so it’s understandable that a low price is high on your priority list. But, you should know that a low price isn’t everything. You’ll rely on your air conditioner for up to 15 years, and a low initial price is not the only thing you should consider. After all, if you choose an air conditioner that isn’t efficient or the wrong size for your home, you could be paying a lot more every single month to operate your air conditioner, and over the course of 15 years, that can really add up.
Mistake #2. You ignore the SEER rating.
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating indicates how efficient an air conditioner is. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit, and the more you’ll save on your energy bills. Since 2006, air conditioners had to have a minimum SEER rating of 13 in order to be in compliance with government standards. In 2015, however, the US Department of Energy revised its standards based on region. Here in Arizona, any split system central air conditioner you install must have a minimum SEER rating of 14.
Mistake #3. The unit you buy is too big or small for your home.
One of the most common myths about air conditioners is that the bigger the unit, the better it will cool your home. But that’s simply not the case. If you install an air conditioner in your home that is too big, it will cycle on and off frequently, which will waste a lot of energy. And if you purchase an air conditioner that is too small, it simply won’t be able to keep up. In a previous blog, we talked about how important size is, as well as what to consider when determining which size to choose. However, even with the advice and information we give in our blog, determining which size to choose can be difficult, so don’t hesitate to consult a professional.
Mistake #4. You don’t take advantage of rebate opportunities.
Many different manufacturers offer rebates on their air conditioners to help combat the costs of installing a more efficient system. The State of Nevada also offer rebates to help you save on buying a more energy efficient system. Here in Arizona, there are many rebates you could take advantage of; just ask your contractor! Don’t pay more than you have to for your new air conditioner — always ask your contractor about any available rebates or incentives.
An air conditioner is a big investment, and the last thing you want is to purchase the wrong one — or to spend too much on the right one! With Integrity Air Conditioning and Heating on your side, you can rest assured that you’re in the very best hands throughout the entire process. Contact us today to get started, and stay tuned for our next blog to learn about more common mistakes people make when buying air conditioners.