Conventional air conditioners typically last for 10 to 15 years. While it’s sometimes possible to keep them working even longer with air conditioning repairs, you’ll spend more and more money as the years accumulate. Your best bet at that point is to install a new system that will work worry-free with minimal maintenance. However, new systems can be expensive. These tips can help make a new AC more affordable for any home or business owner in the Slidell, LA area:
Plan Your Budget
Even a baseline system will cost thousands of dollars, so you may have to save up money for a few months or take out a loan. Loans and other forms of credit usually accrue additional interest, so paying off the loan as soon as possible is ideal in order to avoid late fees. On the other hand, a loan is the way to go if your AC dies in the middle of summer and you don’t have the money on hand to replace it quickly.
Once you’ve received a number of quotes, you’ll be able to figure out how much money you need to save up before you make your purchase. Some homeowners feel comfortable allocating a large portion of their paycheck to an HVAC upgrade for one reason: this new system can reduce energy costs by hundreds of dollars a year, saving them money in the long run.
However, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how much you’ll save before the system is installed, so budgeting “air conditioning costs” into your monthly spending allowance is a good way to set aside money before you make your purchase.
Need to update both the ducts and equipment? Consider replacing them at different times. Ducts can add thousands to the installation cost, and unless your ducts are completely falling apart, leave them for another year. Start with the necessities, then make a year-long plan that maps out when you aim to repair or replace the non-essentials.
Wait Until Winter
Summer is always an expensive time to replace your AC. Contractors are slammed with work when the mercury is rising, but they’re desperate for work in the winter. Waiting a few months can save you 20 percent on your system’s cost.
Want to learn more cost-saving AC tips? Seruntine Refrigeration Services has the knowledge you need. Check out our Services page or call us at 504-833-8831 to speak with one of our experienced AC pros today.