During these long hot summers it’s hard to imagine spending even a day without the comfort of an air-conditioned home. Because of the hefty chunk of change associated with purchasing a new air conditioner, most homeowners will get by with an old, failing AC until it quits completely, leaving them in the heat. It’s true – a new air conditioner is a big investment. But there are some major plusses involved with this investment, including the fact that a new and efficient model will save you money on energy for 15+ years. The task of buying a new air conditioner may seem daunting, but it will need to be done nonetheless. To make it easier, here’s a walk-through of a typical air conditioner buying process. The first step is to meet with a local HVAC technician from a company you trust and discuss your home’s air conditioning needs. Based on your home’s size, location and your budget, your technician can advise you on your best options. Depending on the size, brand and type of HVAC unit you choose (ductless, heat pump, traditional air conditioner, etc.), the cost of a new air conditioner can run you anywhere from $3,000-$7,000. That’s not just the product price. Your new AC can only work as well as the team who installs it. Incorrectly installed air conditioners won’t deliver on the promises made on their packaging. The average (included) cost of installation can run in the thousands depending on the amount of work necessary to correctly install your air conditioner. New intakes, air ducts and even air purification systems may be necessary to maintain the quality and comfort of your home’s air. Nearly every AC company offers affordable payments and financing for their products. When selecting a new HVAC unit for your home, be sure to look for a few specific qualities. In a world searching for new energy sources, it’s important to be efficient. You can see how efficient an AC unit is by checking its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. New models must have a minimum of a 13, but there are ACs available with SEER ratings up to 21. The higher your AC’s SEER rating, the higher your savings will be. Another important factor when selecting an air conditioner is size. Both over and undersized units will fail to perform as promised. When you work with a knowledgeable and experienced technician, you can trust he or she will install the correct size AC for your home’s square footage. Don’t let the thought of purchasing a new air conditioner give you the summer blues. Your task can be quickly and easily accomplished by working with reliable technicians and installation teams. For more information on products and prices, contact your local HVAC company today.