Need a New Air Conditioner? 5 Things to Think About When Buying

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As temperatures rise, the need for a reliable and efficient air conditioning system becomes paramount. However, choosing the right new air conditioner involves more than just picking the first one you come across. 

From researching brands to understanding your home’s specific needs, there are several factors to consider when purchasing a new air conditioner. In this article, we will delve into the top five things to think about when buying a new air conditioner. 

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  1. Research Government Grants and Incentives 
  2. Research the Quality of Different Brands 
  3. Research the Different Types of AC Units 
  4. Understand Areas of Concern in Your Home
  5. Purchase a Smart Thermostat 
At Service 1st, we can help you throughout the process of installing a new air conditioner. We have over 30 years of experience working with HVAC systems, and we know how to thoroughly and effectively install your new air conditioner to make a difference in your home. Get in touch with us today.

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1. Research Government Grants and Incentives

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There are several government grants and incentives you can take advantage of! 

Before you purchase a new air conditioner, it’s worth exploring any available government grants, incentives, or rebates related to energy-efficient options. 

Many regions offer financial assistance to encourage homeowners to choose energy-efficient options that contribute to reduced energy consumption and minimize environmental impact. These incentives can significantly offset the initial cost of purchasing and installing a new air conditioner. 

For instance, In Ontario, Canada, there are several rebate programs available for HVAC improvements. These include the Canada Greener Homes Grant and the Enbridge Home Efficiency Rebate plus (HER+) program. To be considered for federal grant initiative and the provincial grant program, homeowners must apply through HER+. 

The Greener Homes Grant, for example, has a combined rebate of $10,000! This is definitely something worth looking into when shopping for a new air conditioner.

2. Research the Quality of Different Brands

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Do your research and find the best brand for you! Or, contact us and we will help

When it comes to purchasing a new air conditioner, the brand matters. Not all brands are created equal in terms of quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction. 

Therefore, take the time to research and read reviews about various air conditioner brands. Here is how you can research the quality of different brands when looking for a new air conditioner: 

  • Check online reviews and ratings
  • Analyze consumer reports and third-party testing 
  • Discover the manufacturer’s reputation
  • Ask about warranty and support
  • Check for energy efficiency certifications 
  • Visit showrooms or retailers 

Look for brands with a solid reputation for manufacturing durable and efficient products. For example, Bryant, our authorized dealer offers a wide range of high-quality new air conditioners, such as their Evolution Extreme 26 Variable-Speed AC and their Evolution Variable-Speed ACCustomer feedback can also provide valuable insights into the performance, durability, and overall satisfaction levels associated with different brands. 

3. Research the Different Types of AC Units

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Depending on your living situation, you may require a different AC unit. 

New air conditioners can come in various types, each catering to different scenarios and installation needs. Common types include: 

  • Window units – ideal for bedrooms
  • Portable air conditioner – can be moved around to cool specific areas 
  • Ductless mini-split systems – mounted on the wall, great for cooling specific areas
  • Floor-mounted air conditioner – placed on the floor, great for cooling specific areas
  • Central air systems – ideal for large homes 

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each type is crucial in finding the best fit for your home. Consider factors such as: 

  • Cost of installation
  • Cost to run
  • Cooling capacity 
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Installation requirements

A thorough understanding of the available options will help you make an informed decision that aligns with your needs and preferences. To better understand how a new air conditioner works, click here.  

4. Understand Areas of Concern in Your Home

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Locate areas in your home that require cooling the most. 

Prior to purchasing a new air conditioner, it is essential that you identify areas of your home that require cooling the most. For example, perhaps you like to sleep in a cold room, or you find that because your living room has a lot of windows the temperature rises fast in the summer months. If you find that one room in your home is much hotter than the rest, click here to find out why. Overall, some rooms may receive more direct sunlight, while others may have poor insulation. 

By pinpointing the specific areas that need cooling, you can better select an air conditioner with the appropriate cooling capacity. Choosing a unit that is too large or too small can lead to energy wastage and suboptimal performance.

A professional HVAC assessment can provide insights into your homes cooling needs and guide your decision. 

5. Purchase a Smart Thermostat

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Experience the true benefits of a smart thermostat! You’ll be amazed. 

smart thermostat can be a valuable companion to your new air conditioner.

These advanced devices offer enhanced control over your cooling system, allowing you to:

  • Set precise temperatures
  • Create schedules 
  • Control the AC remotely via a smartphone
  • Save on energy consumption

Smart thermostats can also optimize energy consumption by adjusting cooling based on your occupancy patterns and preferences through a process called geofencing. In this case, your smart thermostat uses your smart phones location to determine when you are approaching home and sets the temperature to your preferred settings, ensuring comfort upon arrival. 

Final Thoughts

Purchasing a new air conditioner requires careful consideration to ensure you select the right system for your home’s cooling needs. Researching government grants and incentives, evaluating brand quality, understanding different AC unit types, addressing specific concerns in your home, and investing in a smart thermostat are all crucial steps in making an informed decision. 

By taking the time to explore these factors, you can enjoy efficient cooling, lower energy bills, and a more comfortable living environment during the hot months ahead. 

For all Your HVAC Needs, Rely on the Experts at Service 1st

Silas Roger Barrette
Brandon Karl Heuser
Chris Robbin Balsdon

You can rely on our experience and expertise at Service 1st. We provide thorough installation of new air conditioners as well as a wide range of other HVAC services that homeowners can count on.

We have been serving homeowners in Cambridge and the surrounding areas for over 30 years and have a proven record of excellence. Whether it’s time for a new air conditioner, a simple service call, or a furnace replacement, we can help.

We are a locally owned and operated business that prides itself on the highest quality work and installation of the highest quality products. We have received the prestigious Circle of Champions award from Bryant – an honour that highlights our commitment to quality, leadership, and excellence in the HVAC industry. We are an Elite Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer and offer our customers the highest quality products and services.

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