When’s the best time to buy a new furnace or A/C system?

If you’re a reactive buyer (like most homeowners), the time to buy a new air conditioner is just after the old one has died and it’s 100 degrees outside.

But if you’re a savvy shopper looking for the best pricing and want time to make an informed decision, the best time to purchase a new heating and air conditioning system is between the dead of winter and March.

Why you shouldn’t wait

Prices of air conditioning units are much lower when there is no demand for them. While we did have some 70-degree days in January, we probably won’t actually need to run the AC until April. As a result, air conditioning companies drop their prices to get more business.

So if your cooling system barely made it through last summer, now would be the ideal time to consider replacement.

But don’t make these buying mistakes!

  • Going for the lowest price – A low price does not always equal the best value.  A higher efficient system might cost an extra $900 up front, but could save you $300 per year, which really adds up over the typical 12 – 15 year life of the system.
  • Getting only one estimate – Shop around and get at least 3 free estimates.
  • Not getting a maintenance contract – Maintenance is necessary to keep your new system in tip top shape over the next 12 years.  It is also necessary if you ever need to file a warranty claim (read the fine print).   Don’t overlook the importance of maintenance agreements when you are shopping for your new system.

Buying a new air conditioner or furnace is a big decision.  Take the time to make it a good one. But don’t dilly dally—the better deals start expiring at the end of March.

For more information on things to consider when purchasing HVAC equipment, contact the professionals at Santa Fe Air Conditioning.