Questions to Ask Before Getting an Air Conditioning System

Purchasing and installing an air conditioning system is a significant investment, so it’s best to research and prepare before choosing. You have to consider several factors before making your decision, though, such as energy efficiency ratings and your home’s design. Fortunately, we can provide you with detailed and specific advice in our initial consultation.

To help you get started, today we will discuss the questions you need to ask before buying an air conditioner:

Do I Need a New Air Conditioning System?

The first thing you need to determine is whether you need a new air conditioning system in the first place. In general, we recommend a replacement if your system is more than ten years old and experiences frequent breakdowns. Replacing an old and outdated AC unit can greatly improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Another warning sign that you need a new system is higher energy bills and inconsistent and unnaturally cold or warm rooms.

What Will Air Conditioning Maintenance Be Like?

Your air conditioning system will be part of your home for many years to come, so you need to think in the long-term. Before choosing a certain brand or product, you need to research and prepare for its maintenance requirements. Regular air conditioning maintenance is necessary to achieve maximum efficiency and service life. We recommend talking with your HVAC contractor before the system installation and working out a scheduled maintenance program in advance.

Can My Air Conditioning System Deal With Allergens?

An air conditioning system circulates cool air throughout your interior. This can be a problem if allergens get inside your ductwork or enter your home. These allergens can cause problems for anyone in your family, even those without allergies or respiratory problems. Fortunately, various products are available to improve your home’s indoor air quality, such as dehumidifiers, air cleaners, and filters. You can also use ultraviolet lights in your ductwork to kill mold spores and prevent them from spreading.

How Efficient Is My New Air Conditioning System?

When choosing your air conditioning system, it’s important to choose the most efficient option possible. Typically, this entails choosing products with the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR-certified products are incredibly efficient, having passed strict standards for energy performance. This can lead to greater savings on your energy bill.

What Is the Air Conditioning Installation Timeline?

Installing a new air conditioning system can be a complicated process, so you need to get as clear a picture of the project timeline as possible from your contractor. Ask them for details on the process and make sure that the contractor has plans in place to deal with delays and other emergencies. This is why we recommend only working with experienced and certified HVAC contractors; they run a smooth and hassle-free service and they can provide you with clear and detailed project timelines.

McMaster Heating and Air Conditioning has helped homeowners since 1996 and we are the premier providers of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in Orange County. We are fully licensed, insured, and certified. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we can provide professional installation of high-quality products at competitive prices. We are proud that our top-notch service has been recognized by Carrier awarding us with their distinguished President’s Award for eight years in a row.

Call us at (949) 481-7995 or contact us here to learn more about buying an air conditioner.