With so many different products, brand names, and heating and cooling companies in the area it can be tough to know where to start when buying a new air conditioner in Ottawa. Here are some great tips to help make an informed decision on your cooling product purchase:
Ottawa Air Conditioner Brands
One of the first considerations is what brand of Air Conditioner you would like to purchase. Some of the most well know brands include Amana, Bryant, American Standard, Lennox, Trane, Carrier, AireFlo and Goodman. All of these brands are ranked on Consumer Reports for their reliability. We have chosen to work with Amana, American Standard, and Lennox due to their high reliability and dependability ratings. We encourage you to check Consumer Reports along with online reviews to ensure you are picking a brand that is dependable.
After you have looked at dependability, it is also important to consider the manufacturer’s warranty. The standard in the Ottawa air conditioner industry is a 10 year manufacturers limited warranty. Check the fine print to see what this actually includes and compare with other brands. You will notice that there are quite a few differences when it comes to quality brands and the warranties they offer even if the term is the same.
Choose a couple of preferred brands and compare price versus performance and features to make an overall informed decision on your air conditioner purchase.
Air Conditioner Efficiency
Once you have settled on a brand, consider the features and performance of the cooling unit. Enhancements such as a two stage or variable speed motor provide an increase in efficiency saving you money on a monthly basis. These units will cost more up front, but offer better cooling in your home resulting in a higher level of home comfort and equalized cooling. The increased cost is offset over the years with utility bill savings which can often pay for the upgrades.
Air Conditioner Noise
Is your outside unit located close to a patio, deck, or backyard area that you use a lot? Is it close to a window so that you can hear it inside? Different models of air conditioners offer a quieter operational sound. They do this through sound dampening materials, precision parts, and multi speed operation (runs at a slower speed most of the time which is quieter). If sound is a concern for you make sure to check the sound rating for the air conditioner you are considering.
Air Conditioner Thermostat
Depending on which thermostat you currently have in your home, smart thermostats can dictate which air conditioner to consider. For example, high end variable speed air conditioner products usually require a communicating thermostat. If you have a Nest or Ecobee product installed in your home this will have to be replaced with the communicating product (in most cases). If you have not made the upgrade yet to a smart thermostat than this may not be an issue, but we find that many customers who have made this purchase end up buying a two stage product that works with their current smart thermostat.
Ottawa Air Conditioning Company
One of the most important decisions that you will make is choosing the right installation company. An often overlooked aspect of an air conditioner purchase is that the installing company will be providing a labour warranty for your equipment. You want to make sure that the company will be around long term to help if anything goes wrong. We always recommend hiring a qualified cooling dealer in Ottawa who is licensed and insured. Have a look at the companies review online on Facebook, Google, and Homestars. Look for dealers who have a lot of positive reviews over a long period of time. Don’t get pressured into making an air conditioner purchase! There are many tricky sales tactics out there to push you into a quick purchasing decision.
We would also ask that you consider AirZone HVAC Services for your Ottawa air conditioner purchase. We specialize in cooling installations and service and are a highly qualified dealer offering air conditioners from American Standard, Lennox, and Amana. We offer competitive pricing with a industry changing customer satisfaction guarantee. AirZone provides free no-pressure quotes that aim to inform our customers instead of tricking you into a sale. Trust the Experts at AirZone for all of your air conditioner needs!