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Getting an Air Conditioning Estimate? Ask These 10 Questions First

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If you’re looking for an air conditioning estimate this summer, we’ve got a few essential questions for you to ask!  Regulating the temperature in your home is a prerequisite for comfort, especially in the heat of summer. If you don’t already have AC installed, it might be time. To keep your utility costs low, it’s important to understand your purchase every step of the way and know what
questions to ask, whether you're installing or replacing an HVAC system.  First, seek out a qualified, professional, and trustworthy HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) company to help you through the process. Then, follow these guidelines for what to ask when you’re getting an air conditioner estimate and make an informed decisionabout what is best for you, your home, and your budget!

 

10 Questions to Ask When Getting an Air Conditioning Estimate

1. What size system do I need?
The best way to have this question answered is to have a qualified professional perform a load calculation. This calculation takes many measurements and characteristics into account,
including your home’s size, layout, window placement, and more. This will help you determine the perfect sized AC system to efficiently and effectively cool your home.

2. Are you bonded and insured, and will you provide the estimate in writing? 

Installing a new air conditioning system can be a significant decision. Protect yourself by working with a company that is bonded and insured, and ask for the estimate in writing, including all the terms and conditions you discuss. A trustworthy company will be able to back up their claims with references, reviews, and a written estimate.

3. Is my current ductwork usable?
When you’re getting your air conditioning estimate, find out if your current ductwork can be used with the new air conditioning system. If ductwork needs to be inspected, cleaned, repaired, or installed, this should be included in the air conditioning estimate you receive.

4. How efficient is the new system?
If you’re installing new air conditioning, look for systems with a high SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. AC systems with a high SEER rating are the most energy efficient and will lead to greater savings on your utility bill.

5. Are there new technologies I should consider? 
In addition to higher efficiency ratings, many new air conditioning systems offer advanced technology that keeps your home cool and saves you money. Inquire about features such as seamless integration with furnaces, thermostats, and other HVAC equipment. This can be a good time to find out if you need to upgrade any of your current technology, like your
thermostat.

6. What is the installation timeline? 
Ask how long the installation process will take, from start to finish. This is especially important in the peak of summer when you’re looking to cool your home fast. The AC installation process can involve coordinating electrical, plumbing, and ductwork components, as well as removing any former HVAC parts. Find out if clean-up is included in your air conditioning estimate.

7. What brands do you offer?
Collect information on preferred brands and find out what you can about the reputation of these brands. If specific brands are recommended, ask why.

8. How will the system be maintained?
Ensuring your system is regularly maintained will improve its efficiency and extend its lifespan. Most new air conditioning systems are designed to last at least a decade, and will come with a warranty; however, most warranties will require annual maintenance.

9. What is the total cost?
Avoid hidden fees by asking for the total cost upfront. You should be able to receive a price breakdown including the cost of the AC system, labor, and charges for any extras like air quality components or thermostats. Get as much information as possible with your initial air conditioning estimate so that you can plan ahead for energy usage and operating costs.

10. Are there any rebates or tax credits available for installing a new system? Do you offer
financing?
Air Conditioning installation costs can be high, and you may be able to save with rebates and tax credits. Alternatively, the installation company or manufacturer may offer financing
options to help you manage the investment.

 

Ready to take the next step and receive an estimate on a new air conditioning system or upgrade of an older one? Call the experts at Ashton , we’ll set you up!

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