How much do air conditioning units cost? That depends on several factors, which is why you will find variances among different brands and models, as well as unit sizes.
That said, you can spend a little less the next time you are buying or replacing your air conditioning unit. How? Here is a look at two main ideas to bear in mind.
Look for Rebates
Depending on several factors, you may be eligible for rebate programs available for people buying new air conditioning systems. Such factors include the state that you live in, your property type and whether you are a home or business owner or a renter.
Manufacturers, energy companies and governments offer these rebate programs. Apart from doing your own research, your HVAC contractor should be able to tell you which rebate program, if any, that you qualify for, given your unique circumstances.
This kind of incentive will reduce the amount you need to spend upfront. Additionally, you will find that the type of air conditioning units that attract these incentives are the energy-efficient type, which means you can look forward to more savings down the line, as your utility bill will always be in check.
Get the Size Right
A qualified HVAC contractor will assess your needs and do a load calculation to help determine what size of air conditioning unit suits you best. Get a unit that is much bigger than you need and you will spend more than you need to, in addition to other costs that may come later on as a result of this mismatch.
Similarly, if you get a unit that is too small for your home or business, it may not be able to meet all your air conditioning needs fully. In this case, you may be forced to invest in an additional unit to cater for the rest of your spaces. In most cases, it would cost you less to get the right size of unit, instead of having to buy two or more air conditioners.
Look Beyond that Low Price
No matter how tight your budget is, do remember that you get what you pay for with your air conditioning system. You should, therefore, base your decision on the value you will be getting from your purchase, both in the short and long term, and not just the price quoted. Buying based solely on the price is certainly the wrong way to save money when buying an air conditioning system.
Contact an air conditioning contractor to learn more.