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Tips for Lowering the Cost of a New HVAC System

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Catherine Park
Board & Vellum

If your air conditioner has started spewing hot air, you will incur a substantial cost if you need to replace or purchase a new HVAC system. However, you must face the fact that your home can’t function well without ventilation, heating and cooling

You'll probably want to keep your expenses as low as possible while purchasing a high-quality AC system. Fortunately, there are several ways to save money on a new AC system, both in the near term and throughout the life of the unit. Here are some of the best industry tips for saving money on a new air conditioner.

     Look for Company Rebates

Before you contact companies for quotes, check out the latest rebate offers from the top HVAC manufacturers. Additionally, keep in mind that employer discounts can sometimes be combined with any state or local incentives you uncover. Bear in mind that these discounts often only apply to the most costly models offered by the firm. Based on your requirements for an HVAC system, you can obtain a better price by buying a mid-range unit that is not qualified for a manufacturer's rebate.

     Avoid the Cheapest Option

While a cheap air conditioner might seem like an appealing choice, it might not offer you the efficiency and dependability you want. Even while an ineffective or unreliable air conditioning system might save you money in the short run, in the long run, repairs and excessive energy expenses might cost you thousands of dollars more.Check the expected lifespan of each unit as well as its average cost over 12 to 15 years before choosing a new one. With an AC unit's usual 15-year lifespan, a more costly unit may enable you to save several hundred dollars on energy expenditures each year.

     Look for Off-Season Deals

The busiest seasons for HVAC contractors are often fall and spring when customers prepare their heating systems for the winter and their air conditioners for the summer. While you could find bargains now, you'll generally get a better value when contractors are seeking work in the off-season.

If at all possible, put off having your system installed until a month when it is not peak season and HVAC professionals are less busy. Additionally, if you don't find anything you like, you may try specifically requesting a discount during the off-season. 

     Consider the size of the AC unit

There are no one-size-fits-all air conditioners on the market today, so the size of your home directly affects the air conditioner you choose. For instance, a small-sized air conditioner won't keep your house cool on warm days. On the other hand, an AC unit that is too big for your house can result in needlessly high energy expenses since it uses more energy than you require. 

Make sure your AC unit is the appropriate size for your home before you buy it by accounting for the square footage, level of insulation, and the number of stories in your house. Consult your local HVAC professionals if you need assistance determining which air conditioner size is ideal for your house.


If the cooling and heating system in your house appears to be nearing the end of its useful life, you should start considering ways to save money when purchasing a new HVAC system.One of the most expensive aspects of house ownership is replacing the HVAC system.
Annual maintenance is the key to making your air conditioner last longer. Manufacturer-recommended AC tune-ups can be essential to maintaining your warranty in addition to helping you reduce operational expenses.

By Liliana Alvarez

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