Shopping for a new air conditioner may not be as fun as shopping for a new outfit or even a new car, but just like buying a car, you need to do your homework before you make the purchase. “Price is important,” says Keith Hill, manager of technical support at Minnesota Air, “but you want to get the right features.”
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who walked onto a car lot with no knowledge of the vehicles and walked away that day with the best deal on the best car. The same goes for an AC unit; don’t just walk into your local hardware store and pick. Do some research and consider these four things when picking out a new air conditioner.
1. Price/Cost Of Operating
This may seem like a no-brainer, but not all ACs are built the same. Some have better efficiency, better comfort features, and better overall performance. You get what you pay for, so don’t skimp if you really want the best. In addition, you need to weigh the upfront price tag with the cost to operate it once you bring it home.