The spring season can be one the best times of year to replace your air conditioner. You beat the summer rush, and you may be able to capitalize on preseason sales and rebates. Further, you can take your time to install your new air conditioner the right way and avoid common mistakes. Here’s what to know.

Air Conditioner Sizing

Sizing your new air conditioner correctly is an important step in the installation process that affects efficiency, performance and comfort. If your new A/C is too large, which is a very common mistake to avoid, you’re spending extra money on a system that’s not going to maximize your comfort.

Make sure your HVAC contractor doesn’t simply install a new A/C the same size as your old one without performing a comprehensive cooling load and A/C sizing evaluation.

Ignoring Ductwork

The ductwork system channels the cooled airflow to the rooms in your home. If your air ducts are leaky, gaining heat, obstructed or the wrong size, your air conditioner won’t deliver peak cooling performance no matter how efficient the new system is. Your ducts should be inspected and sized before installing your new A/C to identify potential comfort and efficiency problems.

First Costs Vs. Lifetime Cost

While you want to save money and get a good deal installing your new A/C, you also want to save money on your cooling bills each month. Then, it’s important to consider the lifetime cost of your new HVAC system. This is the total amount of the purchase and installation costs combined with the estimated operating costs — cooling bills, maintenance and repairs — for the life of your new A/C.

Choose Your Contractor Wisely

The most important decision in front of you for installing a new air conditioner is choosing the right HVAC contractor. Choose a contractor with a stellar reputation that has been in business for a long time — someone that you want to continue to work with when it’s time for HVAC service.

When it’s time to install a new air conditioner in your eastern North Carolina home, please contact the trusted professionals at Jackson & Sons.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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