If your air conditioner goes out in the heat of summer, it’s an emergency and you want it replaced ASAP. Often, though, that rush can lead you to make some costly mistakes.
Here are the 3 of the most common mistakes we see Atlanta-area homeowners make when replacing their AC system that can cost them serious dough.
Not getting the right sized air conditioner
We’ve already talked about the importance of the right sized air conditioner in a previous blog. But the gist is this: don’t get an AC that is too big. And don’t get one that is too small. Both will cost you more in energy bills than you expect.
Not thinking about your whole home
Some homeowners choose to get a new air conditioner even though their new one is still working because they want a more efficient system. This is a great idea for many, but if you don’t consider your whole home, you may not get the energy and money-savings you are expecting.
Unless you also address the leaky air ducts, poorly insulated attic, and other energy efficiency problems in your home, you may not end up getting the energy efficiency you were hoping for.
Getting a shoddy installation
It may surprise you to hear this, but the quality of the installation of your new air conditioner is actually more important than the equipment itself.
That’s right, even if you purchase the highest efficiency air conditioner on the market, you can end up with high energy bills if it’s not installed correctly. Many Atlanta-area homeowners get themselves into this problem by going with the lowest priced air conditioning company.
These low-ballers are often technicians doing installations on the side or new, small companies. Remember, you get what you pay for. And if something happens, will that company be around to warranty their work for you in 5-10 years?
This is also why you shouldn’t try to install your air conditioner yourself.
If you are looking for a new air conditioner for your Atlanta-area home, contact Ragsdale. We’ve been the Atlanta metro area for over 25 years and we have literally thousands of satisfied customers.