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Five Tips for Buying a New AC

  • Categories: Cooling
  • Date: June 28, 2021
Five Tips for Buying a New AC

You’re buying a new central air conditioning unit for your home. Maybe by choice. Maybe because your old unit is not running efficiently, or needs frequent repairs, or is emitting strange sounds or smells. Whatever the reason is, here are some tips for buying a new air conditioner.

  1. Trust a professional. Buying an air conditioner is complicated. There are lots of things to take into consideration both in terms of selecting the right HVAC system and then installing it. That is why you need a professional HVAC contractor to install your new AC system.
  2. Size. You need to know the correct size (measured in BTUs) for your home. If the new AC unit is too small, it will not properly cool your home. If it is too big, you’ll just waste energy. Your contractor can perform a load calculation to tell you the appropriate size.  This calculation considers the age and size of your house, the climate, ductwork, insulation, windows, roof material, directional orientation, appliances, etc.
  3. SEER rating. The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating identifies cooling efficiency. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. A SEER rating of 14 is the minimum, but 18 or above is considered high efficiency. You may pay more for a unit with a higher SEER, but you should make that up over time in lower utility costs. The most efficient units come with an Energy Star label from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  4. Rebates and credits. When shopping, check for state and/or manufacturer rebates and credits that can significantly reduce the cost of the unit.
  5. Maintenance contracts. Many manufacturers require regular tune ups to keep the warranty valid. Strongly consider a maintenance contract to ensure your system is checked annually. You may be able to get a service discount with that contract.

Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for a New Air Conditioning System

If you need a new air conditioning unit, turn to the professionals at Ravinia Plumbing. We are a leading distributor of Carrier air conditioning systems – among the best in the business. Our trained heating and cooling technicians will help you pick and then install the unit that makes the most sense for you. You can also join our Home Care Club to ensure your unit is regularly maintained, as well as to receive expedited service, discounted service, and extended warranties.

We’ve been in business since 1928, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable plumbing, sewer, HVAC, and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact Ravinia Plumbing online or give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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