Need a New Air Conditioner? Try These Tips

April 26, 2016

If your air conditioner has failed, or if frequent repair costs are beginning to rival the cost of replacing the unit, you're facing one of the biggest HVAC system purchases a homeowner should prepare for: a new air conditioner. Follow these tips to make sure that the unit you get serves you well through the hot Des Moines summer.
  • Don't just do your research on air conditioners. Research your HVAC contractors, too. Look for one that provides excellent service, doesn't try to pressure you into a purchase, provides testimonials, and will give you an estimate of costs. Finding a contractor who's licensed, bonded, and insured will also help you protect your investment.
  • Consider more than the purchase price of your A/C. A high-efficiency model will usually cost more to install, but the savings you see from ongoing lower energy bills can make up that discrepancy. And features such as a variable-speed fan may also raise the initial cost, but offer benefits in terms of comfort, reliability, and efficiency.
  • Have your home sized correctly. Determining the sizing of your home and the cooling load of your A/C helps you get a unit that won't cost more than it needs to, will deliver the correct airflow through your ducts, and will operate as quietly as possible while still keeping your home cool.
  • Look into rebates and credits. Especially if you're considering a high-efficiency appliance, you may be eligible for tax credits and other incentive programs. Ask your local HVAC experts to learn what may be available in your area.
  • Read up on the warranty for whichever unit you choose. Having a warranty in place can help you in case of any difficulties later on, but not if it's been voided - and some warranties require action on your part, like regular maintenance or registering the unit with the manufacturer, to prevent it from being voided.
If you're considering a new air conditioner for your Des Moines home, let Lozier Heating & Cooling answer all your questions today! Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). Credit/Copyright Attribution: "GSPhotography/Shutterstock"