How to Buy Air Conditioners

Shopping for heating and air conditioning units can be a stressful experience with today’s glut of options. One of your most expensive home investments, and one of the most significant in terms of comfort, doing your homework pre-purchase is a key to a lasting investment you’ll be satisfied with for years to come. What should you look for in a home air conditioner?

How to Buy Air Conditioners

Superior Efficiency
Shopping for an Energy Star quality air conditioner with a SEER of 15 or higher will provide superior comfort and performance, lowering monthly energy bills. Though you can get away with a 13 SEER system (the minimum required by the DOE), investing a bit more in a high-efficiency system now will more than make up for the cost over the long run, especially for those upgrading from older, less efficient models. Replacing systems just 10-years old with Energy Star-rated models delivers marked differences in monthly utility costs. Government (local/state/federal) and utility rebates and incentives may also be available, so be sure to look into these opportunities before you buy.

A Quality Brand with a Solid Warranty
To avoid the hassle of repeated air conditioning service and maintenance, investing in a solid brand is highly recommended. As a general rule, the better the quality of the system, the stronger the warranty. Look for 10+ year coverage, with the best brands offering lifetime compressor coverage (the costliest system component).

  • Amana AC units
    Made in the U.S.A. and with a 70+ year reputation for quality, premium Amana systems are known for their trusted durability and performance, holding some of the most comprehensive warranties in the biz.
  • Bryant air conditioners
    With reputation for affordability, Bryant’s Whatever It Takes® philosophy empowers them to deliver quality products and service into the homes of customers and savings in efficiency that continue long after purchase and installation.
  • Mitsubishi ductless air conditioners
    An alternative to the typical, split, ducted HVAC system and an ideal solution for older homes with no space for retrofitting ductwork, Mitsubishi ductless systems are some of the most efficient on the market, offering superior performance up to 33.1 SEER. With no ducts needed, cooling loss via leakage and thermal transfer in attics/crawlspaces is eliminated, delivering superior cooling performance.

Proper Sizing
Never trust a company that offers price estimates based solely on the square footage of your home. A knowledgeable, professional company will come out, taking into account your home’s design and ductwork, making calculations essential to a properly sized system.

A Trustworthy Quote & Professional Installation
Look for professional installers certified to install top air conditioning brands, who are very particular about whom they let represent their company in the field, and trust in their proper, professional installation of components to safeguard against the need for unnecessary warranty work. When it comes to bottom line pricing, there’s often not a great deal of difference between quotes, though there’s a huge gulf between highly-qualified and less-qualified installers.

Looking for an air conditioning company that offers 100% guarantee on your air conditioner investment? H&H Heating & Air Conditioning has you covered. Contact our NATE-certified professionals for a free, trustworthy estimate today.