When your AC breaks down, you need air conditioning unit replacement before the next time the weather turns. Hasty AC replacement can lead to discomfort and high utility bills. Use these four tips to make the most of your AC replacement. 

1. Set Your Budget

The average cost for AC replacement is $7,870. The cost varies based on the HVAC system you choose and the cost of installation, which varies based on the unit(s) and your current setup.

See the following average installation costs for different types of units:

  • Central air conditioner - $7,000
  • Ductless split AC - $3,050
  • Electric furnace - $3,100
  • Gas furnace - $3,350
  • Heat pump - $6,650

You will need to consider your budget and pick your new type of HVAC system accordingly.

2. Research Products 

Consumers should perform research on the latest products and retailers before shopping. 

Compare different products in your research regarding efficiency, materials, and features. 

Compare your favorite products at different retailers to learn who sells them for less. Consider additional factors in your decision, such as store rebates, delivery costs, and price matching programs. 

3. Buy an Energy Efficient Unit 

Energy efficiency measures how much energy a unit needs to heat a specific amount of space. 

Manufacturers measure AC unit efficiency using the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating and Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER). The higher the SEER rating, the better the efficiency. Therefore, a product with a SEER 14 rating operates more efficiently than a product with a SEER 9 rating. 

The higher the SEER rating, the less energy is used, meaning lower utility bills. Upgrading from a SEER 9 unit to a SEER 14 unit can save homeowners 35% every month.

Buy a unit with an Energy Star sticker to guarantee that it runs efficiently. Don't forget to learn which products may qualify for a tax rebate in your area.

4. Pick the Right Installation Company 

Improper installation can lead to inefficient operation and premature failure of the unit. 

To pick the right installation company, ask for referrals from friends and read reviews online. Verify credentials and compare pricing before scheduling your appointment. Keep the contact information of your HVAC technician for your future needs. 

Your HVAC tech can give you advice on how to pick the right AC unit for your home and how to size it properly. After you install the unit, read the user manual and learn best practices. Contact an HVAC contractor for more information about AC replacement