From Margaret Everton on July 21, 2011 in
So you’re stuck in the heat dome’s reign of misery.
We feel your pain.
But while it’s hot outside and you’ve got the air conditioning system on your mind, why not get it serviced? Or if necessary, replaced with an energy-efficient unit?
Right now, contractors in your area are probably inundated with calls from frantic homeowners looking for relief from 100-degree temperatures outside.
That’s where the CalFinder referral service really comes in handy. We’ll match you with licensed HVAC installers in your area that:
- Know your neighborhood’s climate needs
- Work locally at affordable rates
- Can respond quickly to service your HVAC
We only send the contractors that are available to meet with you now, and help you get back to more important things (like enjoying the summer). To get pricing from air conditioning professionals in your area, click here.
As always, we recommend requesting at least three bids from potential installers.
The bid that falls in the middle range is typically your best bet.
How to Cut Costs on Your Air Conditioning Upgrade
For those that aren’t familiar with HVAC upgrades, there are a few tips you should know. While an air conditioning installation is not cheap, the federal government offers cash rebates for purchasing energy-efficient systems.
Plus, the long-term savings on your monthly energy bills are substantial.
Homeowners often report saving 15-25% when they replace a clunky air conditioner with a new top-tier system.
Most importantly, we recommend looking at the SEER ratings on air conditioners before purchasing.
The best air conditioning systems will meet the following requirements:
- Split system air conditioner and heat pump units with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 14 or above
- Split system air conditioner and heat pump units with HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) of 8.0 or above
- Gas furnaces with am AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of 90% or above
Note, however, that these are general guidelines for air conditioners. You should speak with your contractor about your home’s specific needs, and how best to meet them. To get in touch with an air conditioning specialist in your area, click here.