Let’s face it: no one is buying an air conditioning system at the height of summer unless they’re really in dire straits.
Either your old air conditioner is on its last legs, or you’ve decided you can’t deal with another August without central air.
And if you’re forced into this position, you should expect to pay more for your system, as air conditioning companies and their products will be in high demand.
So when is the best time to buy a new air conditioner?
You might think winter, but that’s not a great time either. Most air conditioning companies are also heating companies, and as such, they’re hard at work dealing with furnace installations and repairs, while consumers are hoping to get a good deal on a new system.
No, the best time to buy a new air conditioning system is now, in the spring. Or in the fall, if you’re OK with waiting and thinking your current AC can survive another summer.
In other words, it’s best to wait for the off-season. Consumers have more bargaining power and installers won’t be as busy.
If you’re getting ready to purchase a new air conditioning system, it’s a good idea – pardon the pun – not to go in cold when dealing with air conditioning companies.
Here are a few questions you should ask the installer:
1. What size system should I get?
Size is important in the HVAC world. Your heating or air conditioning system needs to fit the size of your home. Something that’s too big won’t run as often as it needs too, leaving your home feeling humid. And a too-small AC system will cycle on and off over and over until it hits the right temperature, which would lead to higher energy costs.
2. How long will it take to install?
Most air conditioning companies suggest setting aside at least a few days for installation. In addition to just making sure your new system is functioning properly, there are often electrical, plumbing or ductwork issues at play.
3. Should I get a new thermostat as well as a new air conditioner?
Even if you’ve installed a modern thermostat, you might want to get a new one that you’re sure works in tandem with your new air conditioning unit.
With a programmable thermostat, you’ll have the ability to set the temperature you want for specific times of day. (No reason to blast the AC if you and your loved ones will be out of the house all day). And new smart thermostats let you control the temperature of your home even when you’re not there.
4. Do I need maintenance even if it’s a brand new system?
You wouldn’t ask that question about a car. Even if you drove it off the lot brand new, you’d still get your first oil change after a few months to keep the car running smoothly.
Your AC system is no different. Regular air conditioning maintenance can mean the difference between a system that keeps you cool for more than a decade and one that you have to replace after a few years.
Are you looking to purchase a new air conditioning system while the off-season is still underway? Turn to All Seasons Comfort Control.
We’ve spent close to two decades helping Bucks County area homeowners keep their homes cool each summer. Get in touch today so we can find the right HVAC solution for you before summer comes.