May 16, 2013
We discussed in our previous article the 3 signs that you need to replace your aging air conditioner. But let’s say you full well know that you need to get it replaced.
Now what? What are your options?
Finding a new cooling unit can be a huge hassle if you’re not quite sure where to start.
Here are some resources that can help you take the next step.
To get you started, use this air conditioner buyer’s guide from Consumer Reports. In it you’ll find:
So, what should you be looking for when shopping for a new air conditioner?
One factor you should look at is how energy efficient it is.
The key to understanding an air conditioner’s energy efficiency is its SEER rating.
You can read more about see in this blog post: Purchasing a New Air Conditioner? Seriously Consider SEER.
Chances are, if you bought your air conditioner and furnace at the same time, they both need to be replaced in order to have a perfectly matched system and avoid voiding your system’s warranty.
If you do need to replace both, consider installing a heat pump.
A heat pump is an air conditioner that can also work in reverse to heat your home. So, it can effectively replace your air conditioner and furnace.
Learn more about heat pumps in our blog posts: Can a Heat Pump Replace My Air Conditioner and Furnace? and Looking to go Ultra Green? Consider a Geothermal Heat Pump.
Once you’ve found the cooling unit you want, you need to find the right Sarasota-area contractor.
A few things that aren’t covered in that article include finding a contractor that has NATE certified technicians and a financing plan with multiple payment options. Read more on those articles to make sure you’re getting a quality installation with easy payment options.
Hopefully you’ll find these resources helpful in your search for a new cooling system.
If you need help finding the one that fits your needs, feel free to ask our HVAC experts for help.
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