By Gina Perry
Consider this: the average American buys a new car every six to eight years, but most residential air conditioners are replaced only every 10 to 15 years. Think of all the research that people do when they’re buying a new car. They comb the Internet for things like safety ratings, fuel efficiency, consumer and third-party reviews, and more.
Your home’s air conditioner will likely last almost twice as long as your car. And while most people only drive an hour or two each day, your air conditioner runs 24/7 during the summer months to keep your entire family comfortable.
To ensure that you choose the best cooling system for your needs, there are several important things to consider:
While researching an A/C system may not be as exciting as, say, test-driving a new sports car, it is one of the most significant investments you’ll make as a homeowner. Be sure you take the time to carefully plan for your next system purchase. It will impact your family’s comfort, health and energy costs for the next 10-15 years. Good luck and stay cool!