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5 Tips for Buying a New Air Conditioner

by VitalStorm Content on July 12, 2018

With the heat rising this summer, our AC units are all working extra hard to keep our homes cool and comfortable. But if you have an older unit, say 15-20 years, it might be on its last leg. If your air conditioner sputters to a halt this summer, you will be faced with the daunting task of picking out a new one.

At Blue Flame, we are fully equipped to help you install a brand new AC unit. But first you have to decide which unit is right for you and your home. Here are our five tips for buying a new air conditioner.

1. Have your unit installed by professionals.

If your unit is installed incorrectly, it can cause major problems down the line or even void manufacturer warranties. Research on Angie’s List and online reviews to find the right service professionals for the job! Our NATE certified team at Blue Flame is fully trained and equipped to install your new unit.

2. Know what you are paying for.

AC units can range from $4,000 to $14,000 in price! Don’t settle for the cheapest unit on the market and get stuck with an inefficient appliance, but don’t assume you need the largest AC with all the latest bells and whistles to adequately cool your home either. Do some research and ask your HVAC technicians for recommendations on the appropriate unit for your home.

3. Consider size.

One of the most important factors to keep in mind when you purchase any new HVAC equipment is the right size for your unique house. The size and layout of your home will determine how large and how powerful your AC unit should be. Bigger is not always better, and an oversized unit will actually operate less efficiently than a unit of the proper size.

4. Consider ductwork.

Another element to remember is the ductwork running through your walls. Not every AC unit will be compatible with every ductwork set up, so keep in mind whether or not your ductwork will have to be replaced to fit your unit of choice and factor that in to your overall budget.

5. Consider energy efficiency.

AC units are more energy-efficient than ever. Consider investing in an ENERGY STAR appliance to cool your home. Any model with the ENERGY STAR seal is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to consume less energy. Not only is this good for the planet, it’s great for your wallet, too! By reducing the energy your HVAC consumes daily, you will have noticeably lower monthly utility bills.

Did these tips for buying a new air conditioner help?

We hope so! If you are looking for a reputable, affordable HVAC company to install your new air conditioner, Blue Flame can help. Our technicians are all background checked, drug tested, and NATE certified. Let us demonstrate our premiere customer service for you today.

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.