It’s hot outside, and if you’ve unfortunately experienced a broken or overheated air conditioner, you probably don’t want to go the rest of the summer without one. At our HVAC company, air conditioner installation is one of our specialties, but before you decide on a new unit, there are a few things we think you should think about:
The Right Contractor Is Key
There are a lot of HVAC contractors out there and before you schedule your air conditioner installation, make sure you know the company well. Sometimes homeowners who are unfamiliar with the world of HVAC feel pressure to make decisions about their new system. A reputable, trustworthy contractor will answer your questions thoroughly, provide examples of high quality workmanship, and employ technicians and installers you feel comfortable with in your home. We know an air conditioner is a big investment, and finding the right contractor is key. Do some research on each company and find out how long they’ve been in business, if they’re focused on customer satisfaction, and if they have the proper licensing (like us!).
You Don’t Need to Go Big
While it may seem like a larger air conditioner will do a better job of cooling your home, that’s not always the case. Today, air conditioners have been getting smaller while still being able to give you the amount of energy you need. If a contractor suggests a larger, more expensive air conditioner for your home, be wary and get several other opinions before you agree. Also keep in mind that a larger air conditioner will cost more to run and put more stress on your equipment than a smaller one.
As we said, an air conditioner installation is a big investment, which means you should talk to more than one HVAC contractor before making a decision. Each contractor may offer you different prices, warranties, labor costs, and more, so make sure you get written estimates from each one and don’t just choose the one who will do the job for the least amount of money. Also make sure you choose a contractor you feel comfortable with and who isn’t afraid to answer any questions you may have.
Don’t Forget About SEER
Today, each air conditioner has a SEER (or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating number that will tell you how efficient an air conditioner is. The higher the SEER number, the better the air conditioner. We recommend not making a decision on an air conditioner until you’ve talked to an expert about what SEER number is right for your lifestyle. For example, if you’re planning on selling your home in a few years, you may only need a mid-rated unit instead of a high-rated one.
For any other questions you may have (and for the best air conditioner installation experts in the area), give us a call today.