There are many ways to save money on a new air conditioner, some up front on the initial purchase and others over the long term. A word of caution: someone will inevitably tell you of “a guy” they know who can get you a great deal and install it for next to nothing. Would you let “a guy” replace your brakes or repair the transmission in your car? While the potential savings will look great on paper, there are many reasons why you should get your air conditioner from a reputable HVAC company and have a licensed technician do the install work. For these reasons we recommend you hire a professional and save in the following ways:
Bundled pricing to save money on a new air conditioner
A lot of times, companies who move a lot of stock can offer discounted pricing for a new air conditioner and a furnace if you buy them at once. While you will pay more than you intended for just the air conditioner, it’s a great way to save money in the grand scheme of things, especially if your furnace is getting older or you’ve been thinking of replacing your thermostat. Of course it’s not always the easiest way to go if money is tight, but if you see a furnace replacement in your near future it’s the best way to save money.
Home energy rebates
When it comes to energy rebates, there’s no better place to look than Saveonenergy.ca. By checking their various requirements for different systems, you can save up to $600 dollars on a new air conditioner with a minimum 18 SEER rating alone.
Buy a more efficient air conditioner
Buying an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating can cost you more at first (as they cost almost twice as much as the average air conditioner) but with a 20-year life expectancy and no end in sight to rising energy costs, the benefits will reveal themselves in no time. For example, a 25 SEER air conditioner can cost up to $10,000 to have installed compared to $5,000 to $6,000 for the average model. But the energy efficiency of that 25 SEER model is unparalleled and over that 20-year lifespan, you will end up paying a fraction for what you would in the long run with a cheap air conditioner having lower efficiency. Much like the way that people will pay a little extra for that fuel efficient hybrid car.
If you’re looking to purchase your air conditioner through a big box store or directly from a manufacturer, always consider looking into whether they will offer their own incentives or rebates. Some big box stores offer incentives like cash cards which you can use on anything else they sell.