Pitfalls to Avoid When Shopping For an Air Conditioner

It may come as no surprise that above-normal temperatures are predicted for the entire state of Washington for summer 2016. Washingtonians, brace yourselves. Luckily, we have this great invention known today as, air conditioning. With careful planning and avoiding the following pitfalls, any buyer can become educated when shopping for an air conditioner.


It is not only common but natural to wait and make a purchase when the need or want is apparent.  However, failing to consider seasonal sales on air conditioners is a pitfall many consumers make. That is why preparing ahead of time and shopping before you need an air conditioner is one of the best ways to get what you want when you want it. Do your family a favor and plan ahead. Get the perfect model that suits your family’s needs before they melt from the sticky, summer heat.


What is SEER? An educated buyer understands that SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. In simpler terms, SEER is to air conditioners as miles per gallon is to cars. The more cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the more efficient, leading to a higher SEER rating. For example, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning has units that range from 13 SEER to 19 SEER. The higher the SEER, the lower the operating costs. Also, SEER plays an important role in our next pitfall to avoid.


In order to offset the price, some states offer rebates. This is why failing to seek out rebates, is basically like throwing away free money. Great contractors, participate with local utilities that offer rebates. The best companies provide instant rebate off of your bill, so you can avoid waiting for your money. Rebates are something to keep in mind when purchasing an air conditioner. Not only can rebates help you save, but they can incentivize you to purchase the cleanest products, with high SEER ratings for your home and family.  Check your local energy supplier for a list of all energy efficiency rebates.


When investing in an air conditioner, it is important to read the fine print. How long is it under warranty? What does the warranty cover? Not to worry. Unlike other HVAC companies, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning registers all equipment prior to installation. This ensures your entire purchase is fully covered. Ultimately it saves you the extra hassle and leaves you with more time for those that matter most.


It is hard to pass up a great price. Yet, that is no excuse to skimp on quality. The air conditioner that fits all your needs may be out of your price range. Price is not everything. It is the overall value that matters most. Value factors in qualities such as longevity, durability, and efficiency.  Understanding what your unit includes can help you reasonably pick the best air conditioner for your home. Plus, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers several financing options to make buying easy and affordable for all.


Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and other systems that provide comfort and increase the indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. We offer air conditioning and gas furnace repair and maintenance by expert technicians dedicated to providing only the best service. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy.