While Mother Nature begins the process of winding down, the start of the school year brings its own sense of energy and activity. Chances are, with new schedules and commitments, and temperatures beginning to dip, you aren’t wondering if it is time to replace your air conditioner. But, here’s why you should.
In the cooler months, demand for air conditioner installation drops significantly. With fewer buyers to work with and schedule, professionals have more time to spend with you and answer your questions. As a result, you can be sure you are getting the best equipment for your needs and that it is installed properly. Scheduling at your convenience is much easier. You can even schedule installation in advance, giving your installer the opportunity to make specific recommendations for your home that maximize efficiency and performance unique to your home.
Buying now can save you money. Lower demand means HVAC companies are likely to offer lower prices on their services. Manufacturer rebates typically pop up in the fall as well.
The luxury of time.
So often we make major purchases in emergency situations – something breaks when we need it most and we don’t have time to do proper research. By addressing your air conditioning needs in the off season, you give yourself the luxury of time to research your options and make an informed decision, rather than rushing into a purchase that may not be right for you simply because you need something.
Temps can remain high.
Even in September, temperatures can be in the 90s. While you may already be thinking about the cooler weather that’s coming, you could very well still be using your A/C. If it is not working properly and you are anticipating needing a new one next year, you can address those needs now and have a functioning system while you still need it this year.
Avoid repair costs.
Repairing an older air conditioner to get you through the end of the season may not make economic sense. With all the advantages of shopping for a new unit now, you could be wasting money by paying for repairs now, and waiting until spring or summer to buy a new unit.
If your air conditioner is not cooling your house properly, your HVAC professional can determine the cause, and advise you on replacing your system.
The experts at Rheem Pro Partner are ready to help. Call us today!
An air conditioner provides comfort and safety and can add value to your home. Choosing a new one is an important decision that requires some thought and attention. For starters, here are 6 common mistakes to avoid in order to ensure that you get many years of excellent performance. You’ll save money, time and grief in the process.
1. Buying the Wrong Size Air Conditioner
Buying a unit that is too big or too small will end up costing you money, and likely will not provide the level of cooling you need. A unit that is too small will work unnecessarily hard and still not be able to cool your home properly. A unit that is too big won’t provide uniform temperatures throughout your home. Both will operate inefficiently, cycling often and driving up your utility costs.
2. Putting the AC in the Wrong Place
Hiding your air conditioner behind plants or shrubs may be aesthetically pleasing, but it can clog the condenser coils, make the AC less efficient, and hinder ventilation. Many of today’s models are designed to be more visually appealing. If you do need to camouflage yours, however, be sure that any shrubs or plants are at least 2 feet away from the unit, and are regularly trimmed to prevent debris from getting into the condenser. Have your unit professionally serviced every year to clean out any dirt and debris that may collect inside.
3. Missing Rebate Opportunities
Manufacturers typically offer rebates that can mean significant savings on your A/C purchase. Those rebates often come during the fall, when most customers aren’t shopping. Don’t miss out on this opportunity by waiting until spring or summer to research your purchase. Great deals are available now!
4. Not Getting More than One Estimate
Not all air conditioners are the same. Prices, options, installation costs, service agreements and permits vary. Not all HVAC companies are the same either. Experience, reputation, reliability and training vary. Get multiple quotes and ask lots of questions to be sure you are making an accurate comparison.
5. Pursuing the Lowest Price
When comparing air conditioners, purchase price doesn’t tell the whole story. Energy bills are an ongoing cost of operation, and sacrificing efficiency for a lower upfront cost could end up costing you more. Ongoing maintenance issues are another consideration. Paying more for reliability and durability can save big over the life of the product. Similarly, skimping on the cost of installation by hiring the wrong contractor can lead to product failure and the need to replace the unit sooner. An air conditioner is a long-term investment in your home. It makes good economic sense to purchase the most efficient one you can afford, even if it costs a little more.
6. Not Getting A Written Guarantee
A written guarantee is your assurance that the company you purchase from stands by its products and services. Be sure to secure your investment with no-hassle, no-questions-asked protection against breakdowns. A true guarantee includes a Performance Guarantee, an Investment Guarantee and a true 100% Satisfaction Guarantee – in writing. Be sure to read it carefully, to know if there are any exclusions.
Bonus Tip: Do your homework!
Start with a reliable, reputable HVAC company with a strong track record of excellence. You can count on your Rheem Pro Partner for excellent products and services. Contact us today for more information.
The Rheem Prestige Variable Speed RA20 offers many enhancements that maximize efficiency and functionality, while making service and maintenance a breeze.
Highest energy efficiency rating = big savings on energy costs
SEER and EER ratings indicate an air conditioner’s energy efficiency. The higher the rating , the greater the efficiency – and the greater your savings on utility bills. The Rheem RA20 features PlusOne™ Energy Efficiency with a minimum of 20 SEER (the minimum industry standard is 13 SEER) and 13 EER system performance, making it extremely economical to operate.
Top-tier performance = maximum comfort and efficiency
The Copeland Scroll™ Variable Speed Compressor’s modulating technology provides more precise temperature control, lower humidity and greater efficiency. The overdrive feature provides cooling load up to 107°F so you stay cool and comfortable even when outside temperatures soar.
Durability & noise reduction = years of worry-free operation
The Rheem RA20 is built to last with design features that reduce noise. Enjoy your cool, comfortable home and peace and quiet.
- New composite base pan dampens sound, captures louver panels, eliminates corrosion and reduces number of fasteners needed.
- Curved louver panels provide ultimate coil protection, enhance cabinet strength, and increased cabinet rigidity.
- Optimized fan orifice optimizes airflow and reduces unit sound.
Smart design features = savings on maintenance and service
Rheem has incorporated many features that make it easy for technicians to access components so they can work quickly and efficiently— saving you time and money on service calls. PlusOne™ Expanded Valve Space and PlusOne™ Triple Service Access give technicians greater accessibility, more room to work, and use fewer fasteners so they can work faster.
Smart tech = smart savings
- The RA20 is an EcoNet™ Enabled product. The EcoNet Smart Home System provides advanced air and water control for maximum energy savings and ideal comfort.
- A QR code provides technical information on demand for faster service calls.
Lasting beauty = no need to hide it
- The powder coat paint system gives a long lasting professional finish.
- Modern cabinet aesthetics increase curb appeal with a pleasing design
- Rust resistant screws, confirmed through 1500-hour salt spray testing, keep your unit looking sharp.