Spring is here, and the warm humid days of summer are not far behind. If you have been thinking about getting a new air conditioner for several years now, it might be time. If selling your home is on the horizon, new mechanicals will work in your favor when you list.
An air conditioner is expensive, so take your time to find the brand and company to provide the installation. Often, purchasing a furnace (if needed) at the same time can save you money in the long run. You may find yourself quite surprised not only at the monthly savings with newer, high-efficiency units, but the one-time tax benefit you’re allowed.
4 tips to help you in your search for a new air conditioner:
- Consider the size of your home. Square footage will determine the size of the unit you need. The performance is measured in BTU’s, and this number will determine what square footage a unit can effectively cool. Typically you need about 1 ton of capacity for every 400 square feet of space. (A 2000 sq ft home will usually need a 5-ton unit.)
- What level of efficiency do you need or want? Efficiency is noted by the SEER rating (Seasonal Efficiency Energy Rating). This will tell you just how well a particular unit claims to convert electricity into cooling power, i.e. save you money. Models manufactured after 2006 are required to have a minimum SEER of 13. The most efficient units on the market have a rating of 15-17.
- Look closely at warranties. Parts and labor are the elements of a warranty. Some companies offer one year warranties on parts and 3 year warranties on labor. Other companies may be reversed. Some offer limited lifetime warranties, meaning it is good for as long as you own the home,yet other warranties are transferable to the next homeowner. Be sure to read the fine print and ask questions.
- Find the right company. This is probably the most important element of the process. Interview several companies and get estimates from each. Look at their reviews and consider how long they have been in business. Different companies carry different brands, so if you know you want Carrier, for instance, you will need to find a Carrier dealer. Many of the companies will show you secondary brands that some of the more well-known manufacturers offer. This can be a money-saving opportunity.
Find out whether or not a new air conditioner will work in your favor when you list. Talk with Presto Real Estate Services at (630) 336-1820 about the price difference of homes with and without air conditioning for sale in your area. It’s wise to know how much new mechanicals will increase your home’s value. Read How Much Value Will Central Air Conditioning Add To Your Home? for even more information.