Everything You Need to Know About Buying a New AC
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Thinking about upgrading to a new air conditioner? Navigating your way through the buying process can be complicated—and with all the different options and terminology—homeowners can easily become overwhelmed.
That’s why we’ve put together a useful guide to help make buying a new AC simple and easy!
DIFFERENT COOLING SYSTEM OPTIONS
The first decision you’ll face when shopping for a new AC is choosing which system best suits your needs and specific situation. While many people are familiar with central air conditioning systems, there is another increasingly popular option to consider—a ductless mini-split system.
A ductless system doesn’t require ducts to distribute air throughout a home, as it uses a mounted indoor unit connected to an outdoor compressor. Up to eight indoor units can be installed to the same compressor, allowing for zoned cooling throughout your home.
AIR CONDITIONER RATINGS & EFFICIENCIES
It’s easy to get lost in the different ratings when shopping for home comfort products. However, understanding what they mean can help you choose the right air conditioner for your needs and budget.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a rating used to compare energy efficiency in air conditioners. A higher SEER rating means a more efficient AC, which can save money on monthly hydro bills.
MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is a rating for air filters that measures how efficiently a filter can remove pollutants and other particles from the air inside your home. A higher MERV means a more effective filter, which could be beneficial for people that suffer from breathing or respiratory problems. However, not all HVAC systems are compatible with high-efficiency filters.
ADDITIONAL HOME COMFORT PRODUCTS
Installing additional systems during an air conditioner upgrade can offer savings and significantly increase home comfort.
A smart thermostat can lead to improved energy efficiency and savings, as they offer more customizable controls and can make automatic adjustments based on your everyday schedule.
Air Purification Systems
These systems attach to your cooling system and can help prevent contaminants and other harmful particles from circulating through the air inside your home, improving indoor air quality.
FINANCING OPTIONS & REBATES
Upgrading to a new AC is a major financial decision, but there can be some financial relief through financing options, rebates and incentives.
Financing your new home comfort system can make it more affordable and there are many financial solutions for home improvements.
Rebates, Incentives and Promotions
It’s important to know about the different money-saving options available when upgrading your AC. From manufacturer incentives and installation promotions to the Ontario government’s GreenON rebates, you can save money to make your home comfort investment an even smarter financial decision.
MANUFACTURER WARRANTIES & PROTECTION PLANS
Routine professional maintenance is important for the performance and lifespan of your system, but there are other steps you can take to protect your home comfort investment.
Choosing the right manufacturer is a crucial step when upgrading your AC. It’s important to find one that has a proven track record of producing reliable, quality products with solid warranties.
Manufacturer warranties only cover the cost of replacement parts—not the yearly maintenance appointments or the labour costs required to complete the replacement. For complete coverage, invest in a protection plan from the installation company.
Selecting the right AC for your needs is crucial, but equally important is choosing the right installation company. Make sure to research the company before signing and be sure to ask questions!
Still have questions? Contact us! We’re always happy to answer any questions.
Since 1967, Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists has been providing reliable heating, cooling, plumbing and air quality service and installation to customers in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions.