Air Conditioner Buying Guide

air conditioner buying guide

Before buying a new air conditioner, it’s important to do preliminary research so you have an idea of what kind of system you need, which company you’re going to work with and how you can save money with rebates and incentives.

However, many homeowners quickly get overwhelmed with all the available information, that’s why Harding Heating & Air Conditioning has provided Ottawa homeowners with a definitive air conditioner buying guide with all the information you need to make an informed decision, all conveniently found in one place.

Background Information
Unless you’ve gone through the process of upgrading an HVAC system before, many homeowners have very limited knowledge about how their heating and cooling system works. We find that homeowners with background information make more informed decisions when it comes to upgrading their air conditioner systems.

Basic Air Conditioner Mechanics
A beginners guide on the basic process powering an air conditioner and a breakdown of their important components.

How an air conditioner works
Components of an air conditioner

Different Cooling System Options
Most homeowners automatically assume they need a central air conditioner but have you thought about a ductless system.

Central vs. ductless air conditioners
Ductless mini-split system explained
Consider a ductless system for your home
3 ways to incorporate ductless in your home

Air Conditioner Options
When deciding on an air conditioner unit, you need to take a number of factors into consideration including efficiency, manufacturer and other requirements like indoor air quality.

SEER and Efficiency
The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating has an impact on the overall cost of an air conditioner. A high SEER rating translates to a more efficient AC, which can save money every month on energy bills but usually makes it more expensive to install up front.

SEER, air conditioners and efficiency

It’s extremely important to research the AC manufacturer since no two air conditioners are alike. Daikin is a global leader in the heating and air conditioning industry, which is why Team Harding is proud to be a local Ottawa Daikin Comfort Pro dealer.

Team Harding and Daikin bring your the best warranties
Harding Heating & Air Conditioning is your Ottawa area Daikin dealer

Indoor Air Quality
Those that suffer from breathing difficulties, asthma or allergies might require more stringent indoor air quality requirements. Air filters and air purification systems can help improve indoor air quality and make a difference in which air conditioner you ultimately decide to install.

Air filters are an important component of indoor air quality
Different HVAC filter options
Allergy symptoms and air purifiers

Payment Options, Rebates and Incentives
Upgrading an air conditioner can be a financial investment; however, there are different payment options and ways to help you save money.

Finance and Rent Air Conditioners
To make monthly payments on a new air conditioner, Ottawa and surrounding area homeowners can apply for financing through FinanceIT or Eco Home Financial. Another option is rent-to-own, where monthly payments are made towards the total cost of a new AC.

AC financing and rent-to-own options

Rebates, Incentives and Promotions
There are a number of ways to save money on a new air conditioner. Whether it’s through government rebates, energy incentives or manufacturer promotions—there’s usually always a way to save.

Currently available promotions

Upgrading to a new air conditioner is a big decision. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact one of Team Harding’s friendly sales representatives. We can even schedule a FREE quote for AC replacement.

Contact us for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Harding Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Ottawa and the surrounding area with top-quality service since 1994! We’re committed to our customers and are happy to help you find the best ways to improve your home comfort.

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