Lets be honest, its not a pleasure to find out you need a new air conditioning system and who has the extra money just lying around to buy a new AC System? You need to make decisions fast to start getting your home cooled down especially in the summer months. We dont want you to get confused and hope to keep things easy to understand so you can make a well informed decision. We recommend you follow these steps.
You can spend from $2500 to over $10000 for a new ac system depending upon many factors, here are a few suggestions to help you choose.
Understanding Energy Efficiency. This is a big one so hopefully I can simplify it. You should look at this as a long term investment. What I mean is you should think about where you will be in 2 to 5 years from now. If a move is in your near future then it may not make sense to invest heavy up front. Often the better efficiency units can result in lower utility bills, but you will need to spend more $ up front. In the end you need to decide what fits your particular situation best.
Ownership Cost. Manufactures offer a variety of different warranties, different brands have varying maintenance schedules and requirements. These are all things to take into account when considering which unit to purchase.