When your old AC system finally breaks beyond repair, it’s time to buy a new one. Before you just go and get any old (new) system, you need to decide which is best for you. The climate you live in is something to consider when replacing and AC unit. If you live in a semi-tropical area, you’re going to be running it for most of the year. If you live in a desert, it needs to be able to withstand a LOT of heat. Similarly, living in a cold, northern area will put less strain on the unit and change the type of unit you need.
Some AC units have ducts, and some do not. Typically, older houses always have ductwork, so replacing an older air conditioner will call for a duct AC system. Take this opportunity to get the ducts checked as well. A lot of air can escape through leaky ducts, which causes electricity bills to soar. So, having the ducts checked can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Speaking of money, a new AC system is probably not cheap, but you’ll likely get very different quotes from different contractors. Make sure to get at least 3 quotes, if not more. Remember, the lowest priced deal is not always the best deal to go with. Ask each contractor exactly what his respective AC unit package includes. You’ll likely see some dramatic differences in the quality of the highest priced option compared to the lowest priced option. It is a fact of life- you pay for quality. This doesn’t mean you have to go with the highest priced option. As mentioned before, the unit you choose is unique to your lifestyle and your area. The lowest priced option may be your best bet after all. Just make sure to ask as many questions as you need, and see that you feel comfortable with the contractor and unit you end up selecting.
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