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Tips to Help You Choose a New AC Unit in the Fall

by Feride Halma

Are you hoping to find a great end of season deal on a new central air conditioning unit for your home? If so, there are a few things to keep in mind as you make your selection and have it installed. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you through the selection and installation process.

Discuss Close-Out Models

Talk with your local air conditioning professional about any close-out deals that they may have on their air conditioning units. You might find that a unit that's been sitting in a showroom is available for half the sticker price just because it's been sitting inside a showroom for the last year.

If there aren't any discounts on display models, you still have the close-out deals to look into. Most air conditioning salespeople are looking to unload this year's models so that they have room for the new releases come next season. They will offer steep discounts to unload these brand new units.

Just make sure that you pay attention to the energy use of the unit. You don't want to choose a unit because it was the cheapest there. Thus, you need to make sure that it will efficiently cool your home—not increase your cooling costs.

Installation Tips

If you plan to have the system professionally installed, and you haven't had your heating system serviced for winter yet, now might be the time to do it. You may be able to get a discount on the heating system inspection and service if you schedule it for the same time as the air conditioning unit is being installed. If the contractor can get everything done at one time, he saves his own time and money and may pass some of the savings on to you.

Think about the previous air conditioning unit—did you have any problems with vegetation, insects, or rodents? Did you ever have to worry that the area was going to flood and the unit would be destroyed? Have you had to clear debris that has fallen from the trees or overflowed from the gutters from the top of the unit? If you've had any of these problems, discuss a change of placement with the contractor. He'll make the necessary recommendations to ensure this unit is protected from the elements.

Talk with a local HVAC installation contractor to learn more about investing and installing a new air conditioning unit now, rather than waiting until spring.