Four Ways to Save Money on a New Air Conditioner
A new air conditioner can be quite expensive. However, there are a lot of ways to save money on an AC purchase.
Hot summer months are here! If your system is over 12 years old or frequently breaking down, you might be looking into buying a new air conditioner. Purchasing a new AC can be expensive, but there are ways to save money while buying one. These tips will help you get the most out of your new AC purchase.
Go for a Higher EER Model
Energy efficiency ratio, or EER, is a measure of cooling efficiency. The higher the EER, the more efficiently the unit will operate. EER depends on both the volume of air cooled per minute and the temperature of that air. EER is measured in BTUs per hour per volt amp. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the unit is. Benefits include significant energy savings, enhanced cooling comfort, and a low carbon footprint. You’ll also save money over time as higher EER systems are typically more durable, therefore have less breakdowns. The Department of Energy, that minimum EERs for air conditioners in the South range from 11.7 to 12.2, depending on the tonnage. ENERGY STAR-rated ACs must have minimum EERs of 11.5 for package units and 12 for split systems as of January 1, 2022.
Review Finance Options
If you have bad credit, you might have to pay cash for your AC. But if you have good credit, you can consider financing the purchase. This could help you lower the overall cost. We work with multiple financing companies to offer affordable solutions. They are usually simple to apply for, as they require less paperwork than a car or home mortgage. Interest rates and repayment terms will vary based on the lender. Apply online today on our finance page or talk to one of our Comfort Advisors, who can explain your options and calculate monthly payments.
Get a Good Warranty
Some manufacturers offer extended warranties on their products, but you’ll have to pay extra for it. A warranty is a contract between a seller and a purchaser that states what is covered, for how long and for what cost. If you buy a system with a good warranty, you can have it repaired or have the parts replaced at no cost. Every new air conditioner comes with warranty options for both parts and labor (at least 10 years for parts). Warranties can be customized during the purchasing process! To make the process easy as possible, we also take care of registering your equipment for you.
Keep Your New Air Conditioner Running for Longer
When buying a new AC, you want to make sure the system lasts. Properly caring for your cooling system will keep it operating efficiently and have less breakdowns. Change filters regularly, give it a break if you leave your home for any length of time by increasing the thermostat by 5 degrees, allow the air to circulate by ensuring air vents are not blocked, and schedule regular maintenance. With an expected life span of 10-15 years, these minor steps can increase the reliability and durability of your cooling system, saving you money in the long run by avoiding untimely breakdowns and costly repairs.
If you’re not already part of our Comfort Club family, you’re missing out! For $14.99 per month, you get annual maintenance, free filters from Taylor’s Do It Center, discounts on repairs, and save big on new equipment installation. All members also benefit from front-of-the-line service.
Buying a new AC can be a big purchase, but there are ways to save money. You can go for a higher EER model, get a good warranty, qualify for affordable financing options, and make sure the system is properly maintained. If you have any questions, call (757) 868-7600 and schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our Comfort Advisors.