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What Should I Look For When Buying An Air Conditioner?

There are many considerations when buying an air conditioner. Here are some tips for buying an AC unit, straight from the pros!

There’s no doubt about it: Buying an air conditioner can improve your quality of life. The right AC unit can boost air quality, regulate, and maintain a comfortable temperature, provide relief on hot days, reduce humidity, and even bring savings on your energy bill. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, buying an air conditioner is a smart investment in your health and your finances. But with so many options for purchasing an AC unit, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right one for your needs? The best air conditioner on the market is unique to your budget, living situation, desired frequency of use, and home space. Here are some industry tips for buying an air conditioner, straight from the professionals who install air conditioners and repair AC units every day.

Considering your Air Conditioning Options

When buying an AC unit, the process begins by considering your air conditioning options. The most common type of air conditioner is an in-window air conditioner unit, which, when installed correctly can cool a small space efficiently. Even quicker and easier to use is a portable unit, which can be plugged into an electrical outlet and is free-standing. These are often available in attractive models, with sleek design and built-in fans. Installing central air is a larger investment but may bring some of the biggest savings in your energy bill. Central air combines all the parts of the air conditioner (compressor, evaporator, and condenser) in a single unit that is typically situated near the home’s foundation or on the roof. Less common is geothermal air conditioning, which uses technology to draw cool air from the earth and distribute it throughout your home (you may also heat your house with this method). There are benefits to each method of air conditioning, and the best way to determine your needs when buying an air conditioner is to consult a professional.

When Is The Right Time To Buy A New AC Unit?

It might seem counter-intuitive to buy a new AC unit in winter, but you may see the greatest savings during the colder months. Demand for buying an air conditioner skyrockets as the mercury rises, so the hotter it gets, the more costly units may become. In addition to the cost of the equipment, labor costs for installation may rise during spring and summer, due to high customer bookings. Beyond the cost consideration, you should also plan for the timeline it takes to purchase, deliver, and/or install an AC unit. If you buy an air conditioner in the off-season, it will be ready for your use on the first hot day of the year. Of course, the final consideration for the question of “When is the right time to buy a new AC unit?” is your unique household budget and finances. Talk to an HVAC professional about your needs and the cost considerations available to you.

What Kind Of Savings Will A New AC Bring?

The right air conditioner will do so much more than keep you cool. In addition to maintaining comfortable air quality, a new AC unit can bring you savings. Unlike old or outdated models (whether a portable, in-window unit, ductless, central, or geothermal), new air conditioner models are energy-efficient, quiet, and effective. Some even offer smart technology programming! If you’re wondering what kind of savings will a new AC bring, consider that you may see thousands for dollars in lower energy bills over time. Buying an air conditioner from a reputable seller and installer can also save you in reduced follow-up repair costs and maintenance: A trusted company will do the job right, the first time.

What Size Air Conditioner Do You Need (What Can Your Space Hold)

Ready to buy an air conditioner? The first consideration you should answer is: What size air conditioner do you need? Surprisingly, the answer is dependent on more than “what can your space hold.” If you are a homeowner, you may find it worthwhile to invest in central air, which cools your whole living space. However, if you are a renter, you may find that an in-window unit or small, portable air conditioner meets your needs. (If renting, be sure to ask your landlord or property management for permission before installing an in-window unit.) For those looking to cool a single room, such as a bedroom or office, a portable option can be a smart choice. Newer models perform best, cooling a room quickly and quietly.

If you’re ready for the investment of buying an air conditioner, the first step is consulting friendly professionals with a proven track record and great reputation. Bring any questions and considerations you have to your consultation and take the time to feel confident about your new purchase.

Call Blanton’s today to set up an appointment with one of our friendly professionals.

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