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Tips on Buying an Air Conditioner

Your AC plays an important role in the home, helping to circulate cool air, reduce humidity, and maximize home comfort. Whatever the reason, replacing an AC is an important decision. Because HVAC equipment is such an infrequent purchase (every 10-15 years on average), many homeowners may feel lost when it's time to purchase a new system.

Here are some tips to help you through the buying process.

Finding the Right Contractor The efficiency and performance of your air conditioner is determined by the quality of the install. Once you've researched local contractors, make sure the chosen contractor comes out to your home BEFORE giving you a quote and that they ask lots of questions on what YOU want. Also, make sure they are up-to-date on training, licenses and permits.

AC or Heat Pump? Find out if you have an AC or heat pump. Heat pumps can provide electric heating capabilities in addition to electric cooling. This make it a great option for nights when an air conditioner would have to use backup heat to keep a home comfortable. Ask your contractor what is popular in your area.

A/C unit size Your A/C size is crucial. Make sure the central A/C is large enough to cool down your house but not so large that it wastes energy.

Efficiency Options Make sure you shop around and explore your efficiency options. It's always recommended to invest in the most efficient unit you can afford; you'll be able to find a range of efficiencies for any budget. A more efficient unit will have a higher upfront cost, but it will pay for itself over the course of its life.

Are you ready to buy a new AC? Call 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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