Just before the summer starts, the number of people repairing, servicing, and buying air conditioning systems peak. If you are thinking of purchasing a new air conditioner unit for your home, here are a few things that you need to consider first.
Deal with professional contractors who are licensed, insured, and bonded.
The best thing to do first is to choose a reputable contractor for your air conditioning project. Pick a contractor who has all the necessary licenses and credentials to do the job effectively. It would be best if they have the HVAC Excellence certification and the NATE (North American Technician Excellence) credential as well. You’ll also be confident if you deal with someone who has comprehensive insurance just in case something unexpected happens. Ask for a reference and invest the time to call and get in touch with them as well. You’ll be spending thousands of dollars, and it is important that you’ll be dealing with a reputable company nonetheless.
If you can, get at least three quotes from different reputable A/C companies.
To give you a wider array of options, get quotes from at least three reputable companies. Ask your friends for referrals and ask them for an estimate of your AC project. This way, you’ll have several options to choose from, and you’ll also get to compare the standard rate of your air conditioning project needs.
Think about your ductwork.
If you already have an existing air conditioner and you need to replace a new one, then you already have a ducting system in place. Make sure that your installers check out your ductwork first to make sure it is still working efficiently. Best thing to do is to have it cleaned, caulked, and repaired if there are leaks.
If this is an entirely new home or if you have been using window-type air conditioners for as long as you can remember, then you need to have an efficient ductwork set up. Consider the costs and let your HVAC contractor give you a rough estimate on what needs to be done and installed.
Get all the details from your contractor.
A broad estimate without giving much information is shady. Make sure that the contractor will physically check your home, measure the square footage, consider the insulation, and other important factors that will affect the cooling power of your air conditioning unit. All estimates should be in writing, along with all the details.
Consider energy efficiency.
Talk to your AC contractor about choosing a system that is energy-efficient, most especially during the blazing summer season. Air conditioning units that are energy-efficient are those rated with higher SEER and EER ratings. These units could be a bit more expensive than regular air conditioners.
Compare and Negotiate
Don’t be hooked to cheaper AC estimates. Quality work demands a higher price, so be ready to pay for it. Once you have chosen a viable option, try to negotiate for the best deal. Estimates are only rough computations, so try to ask for a better deal. Consider the A/C warranty and the service contract too, and ask what they can offer you.