If you sweated the summer out hoping and praying your air conditioning unit would make it through one more season, congratulations! You made it through the hottest part of the year without replacing one of the most expensive home repair replacements. If your unit is old, however, you probably won’t be so lucky next year. The good news is that by waiting until the temperatures dropped to have a new air conditioning installation in Decatur, you may have saved on some of the replacement and installation cost. Here are a few things to consider as you begin the process of overhauling and upgrading this critical component of your home.
Determine the Size You Need
In air conditioning, choosing the right size of unit can save you money. Buy a unit that is too large and you’ll spend more money than necessary to get the job done. Buy a unit that’s too small and it will work harder than necessary to cool your home, wearing out sooner than a right-size unit.
A/C units are measured in tons, or the amount of heat they can remove from a home per hour. The larger your home, the larger the size of the unit you’ll need. However, there are some variables. Taller homes, or homes with more stories, require larger machines, because heat rises.
Size isn’t the only consideration when you’re on the market for a new air conditioner. You may be able to wring out additional savings when you shop in the off-season. And of course, a high efficiency unit will save you money on energy bills when the weather heats up. The cost of your air conditioning installation in Decatur will depend on the contractor you choose and whether replacing your unit requires duct work to link with your furnace. Most contractors will provide free installation estimates. Don’t forget to ask about incentives and financing.
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