Air Conditioner Buying Guide
Thinking about upgrading your air conditioner but don’t know where to start?
There are a number of different factors to consider when shopping for a new AC, as the entire process can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we put together a helpful buyer’s guide to provide you with all the information you need to make a smart AC decision with confidence.
AIR CONDITIONER OPERATION & OPTIONS
It’s important to understand the different cooling systems available, so you can find the air conditioner that’s perfect for your home and budget.
Air Conditioner Basics
A good place to start when looking for a new AC is the basics. Understanding how an air conditioner functions can help inform your decision and instill confidence in your new home comfort investment.
– How air conditioners work
Ductless Mini-Split vs. Central Air Conditioner
While central air conditioning is the most popular AC option for Hamilton and surrounding area homeowners, a ductless mini-split system is also available. A ductless mini-split has many benefits including easy installation, low operating costs, zoned cooling and quiet operation.
– How to incorporate a ductless system in your home
– Upgrade condo cooling with ductless AC
HVAC EFFICIENCY RATINGS
Understanding different HVAC ratings can help you select an AC that fits your needs.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) Ratings
An AC ratio that compares the total cooling output in an average cooling season with the total electrical output in the same period. A higher SEER rating means a more energy efficient AC (and usually lower monthly energy bills).
– The importance of SEER ratings
MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) Rating
An air filter rating refers to the particle size a filter can trap and remove from your home. Filters with a higher MERV will be more effective at trapping contaminants. However, not all cooling systems are compatible with high MERV filters.
– HVAC ratings you need to know
– Difference between HVAC filters
FINANCING & REBATES
Knowing about the different financing options and rebates available can help make your new AC purchase an even smarter investment.
Upgrading your cooling system is a big financial investment, so it’s common for people to find they don’t have enough room in their budget. Fortunately, you can lower the initial investment by financing a new AC.
– Finance your new AC with HAMCO
MANUFACTURER WARRANTY & PROTECTION PLANS
It’s important to plan for future maintenance and possible repairs. A reputable manufacturer will proudly stand by their products with a warranty. Furthermore, installation companies will offer affordable and competitive protection plans.
Choosing the Right Manufacturer
Once you decide what type of AC best suits your needs, it’s important to find a product manufacturer with a reputation for quality and proven history of reliability.
– Daikin’s 12-year warranty is the best in the industry
– HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. is your Hamilton area Daikin Dealer
Protection and Maintenance Plans
Signing up for a protection or maintenance plan from the installation company will serve you well down the road. These plans often include annual maintenance and repair allowances, ensuring your system is well-maintained for years to come.
– Learn about our HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. protection plan
Ready to upgrade your cooling system? Contact us today to get a free estimate! And feel free to ask us for more advice on buying a new AC. We’re happy to guide you through the process!
HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. has been serving Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Grimsby and Brantford for over 70 years! We’re fully committed to providing the best quality service for all our customers on every service call.