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.
Ductless and Uncomfortable? Ductless Mini splits are the Answer!
Do you have a room that doesn’t get enough airflow to keep it comfortable? Perhaps you have a home without duct work or have a room addition where extending the duct work is not feasible? Adding duct work is a major project and very expensive so mini-splits could be the energy efficient solution to your problem. Ductless Mini splits have two primary components: an outdoor compressor/condenser, and an indoor handling unit. A conduit which contains the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing and a condensate drain links the outdoor and indoor units.
Advantages of ductless mini splits:
- Small size allows zoning for heating and cooling individual rooms, some models have multiple units for different zones
- Installation of mini-splits is often easier than other types of space conditioning units
- Loss of energy is minimal because there are no ducts which can lose up to 30% of the air flow
- Interior design flexibility allows homeowners to suspend from a ceiling, mount to a wall or even be free standing
- Most indoor units have profiles of about seven inches deep and usually come with sleek, high-tech-looking jackets. Many also offer a remote control
Mini splits are priced on their ton size, it’s important to have a qualified Rheem Pro Partner installer correctly calculate the size and location for each indoor unit to maximize comfort and efficiency.
Are Smart Thermostats a Smart Addition for you?
There’s so much buzz about ‘smart’ home thermostat’s these days you might wonder whether it fits your lifestyle. The EPA Energy Star program estimates an annual energy savings of close to $200, which in some cases offers a return on investment within 18 months.
Unlike programmable thermostats, smart thermostats such as the Nest or newest entry into the market the Honeywell Lyric, do much more than turn up or down your home’s temperature at pre-established times. The new generation of thermostats are much more intuitive and they learn from your behaviors, allow you to control the comfort of your home remotely, show you energy consumption in real time and can even adjust themselves based on conditions like humidity.
The coolest feature of the new Lyric that sets it apart is that it tracks your movement, the closer to home you get the more it automatically adjusts to the climate that you prefer. If you travel or have extended hours away from home during the work day, a Lyric would suit your lifestyle perfectly, maximizing your energy savings and comfort level with very little effort on your part.
Most HVAC contractors install smart thermostats so check with a NATE certified Rheem Pro Partner contractor for more details.
Mid-Summer Night’s Dreaming of Air Conditioning
As July nears an end you might think you can sweat it out for the next 60 days and put off replacing that old central air conditioning unit. Besides the all-important comfort level of your home, you may consider replacement now if any of the following conditions exist:
- According to Consumer Reports every appliance in your home has an expected average lifespan. With central air, the average is 15 years, however according to Energy.gov if your unit is just 10 years old, you could save 20-40% on your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient system. If that’s the case, you might look into financing for a new system that will actually save you money in the long run.
- Penny wise, pound foolish? As your air conditioner ages it becomes more expensive to maintain with more frequent repairs and service calls. Get a thorough evaluation from a NATE certified Rheem Pro Partner Technician on the health of your unit, again saving you money in the long run.
- As an air conditioner ages it runs more inefficiently, so in addition to being less efficient to begin with, an older unit will run longer, waste energy and not provide the same level of comfort.
If you’d like more information or to schedule an appointment with a Rheem Pro Partner technician, please contact Rheem Pro Partner today. Rheem Pro Partner offers professional service to Northern Colorado, including the Denver Metro area and Colorado Springs, as well as Casper and Cheyenne in Wyoming.
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