Cooler Weather: AC Purchase Tips

shutterstock_124563172Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s time to start thinking about buying a new air conditioning system. That’s right, even though the last thing you want is more cold air in your home, the fall and winter are the best times to purchase an air conditioning system. Systems and installation are less in demand, so prices are lower and professional installers are less busy.

Schedule the Installation for Later

When you purchase an air conditioning system during the colder months, you can get the best prices. However, undergoing an installation during the dead of winter may not seem like fun. Luckily, many providers allow you to buy your system now and set the installation date for later, so you can have it installed when the weather is a little better. Be careful not to set the installation date to when systems are in high demand. If you do, you’ll still save money, but installers will be busy. Have it installed when the weather gets a little better, but isn’t hot yet.

Know Your Needs and Wants

Before you run out and buy an air conditioning system, you should consider your needs and wants. For example, if you have a big home, you’ll need a more powerful system than someone with a smaller home. Other factors that impact what system you should choose include the age and layout of your home. Besides knowing what you need, determine what you want out of a system. Do you want to spend more now on an energy-efficient system so you can save money on your monthly cooling costs? Do you want one that has the newest technology, or are you just satisfied with one that can keep you cool?

Do Your Research

One great benefit of getting your system when the weather is cooler is that you can take more time. When it’s hot, you want to get one fast, so you can reap the cooling benefits. However, that often leads to overspending or buying a system you don’t really like. Check prices with different providers, and research the various systems being used in your area. Check reviews to see what the biggest advantages and drawbacks to each system are. Don’t forget to check the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating.

You may not use your air conditioner during winter, but that’s the best time to buy your new system. You can spend more time to find the perfect one at an affordable price.

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