Three Common Mistakes When Buying a New Home Cooling System
Posted: May 31, 2018
Buying a home cooling system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make as a home owner. Yet every year, we see people make that decision based on the recommendation of a friend – or on the word of a sales associate at a big box store who has never stepped foot in their home.
Choosing a central air conditioner that way usually results in one of three buying mistakes:
- They overspend – People who don’t know enough about rightsizing their home cooling system will often choose an option that is bigger than they need. An oversized system will cycle (turn on and off) too often, causing unnecessary wear and tear on cooling equipment and ultimately shortening its lifespan (ironically, that’s the result of installing an undersized system, too). Overwork is the enemy of any HVAC system – and rightsizing is the key to defeating it.
- They don’t fully understand their options – There are so many cooling system options to choose from today – from central air conditioners and ductless systems to heat pumps and more. Add to those choices the range of models, SEER ratings, warrantees, incentives, and other possibilities and the choice can quickly become overwhelming. The right cooling system is the one that does the job you want it to do for a price you can afford. With a little professional guidance, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.
- They choose the wrong contractor – Some people choose a contractor strictly by the fee they charge for an installation – but as with many things in life, you get what you pay for. People who make the right choice for an A/C contractor focus on getting the most value for their money rather than by spending as little as possible; in this case, value means hiring a company that provides a written estimate and warranty for their work, vets only licensed, bonded, and experienced technicians, and can provide extensive customer references on request. If your A/C contractor can’t provide all of these services and more, keep looking (or just call us!).
The lesson learned here? When it’s time to invest in a new home cooling system, take the time to do it right. The Fredericks team of cooling experts will help you find an option that works for your home and budget – and our expert technicians will install it quickly and neatly, with minimal disturbance to your family.
Ready to invest in a new cooling system for your New Jersey home? Contact Fredericks today for a FREE, no obligation estimate.