Originally published on Oct. 29, 2014
Fall has arrived and you are getting ready to turn down your AC in preparation for the oncoming cold weather. Before you forget about your AC unit for the rest of the year, you may want to consider getting an inspection and possibly installing a new HVAC system during the cool autumn months. Many homeowners don’t realize that fall is one of the best times to replace air conditioning units, saving them time, money, and hassle.
Here are 5 reasons to replace your AC unit in the fall:
Money and Energy Savings
If you replace your HVAC system in the fall, you allow yourself plenty of time to decide the best financial route to take. Should you pay upfront, or cover the new system under a home equity loan and save on financing costs? It is also a good time to decide what kind of upgrades to get so that you save costs in the long run. For instance, it might be time to consider a high-efficiency system that will provide you with energy savings.
During the summer months, HVAC prices typically peak due to an increase in repair and maintenance needs. With a decreased demand for AC sales in the fall, you can hunt for price drops and the best deals.
Plenty of Time for Decision-Making
You likely won’t take too much time for deliberation if you replace your AC unit during the heat of summer. Your top priority will be getting your house back to comfortable temperatures as soon as possible. With cooler, more temperate weather, you have more time to weigh your purchasing options and discuss with a contractor which system will work best for you.
Improvements in the HVAC field have come a long way in comfort levels and energy cost reductions. Without summer heat forcing you to make a quick choice, you can examine each option at your leisure.
Avoid Heat Pump Problems
A large portion of U.S. households today use heat pumps as their primary source of both heating and cooling. If your system doubles as both an air conditioner and heat pump, you will want to get it inspected in the fall before cold winter months hit and you are caught with inefficient heating.
Sometimes, heating issues are harder to catch than AC problems. An underperforming heat pump may sound like it is working but in reality, is not heating up your house efficiently and is racking up your bill costs. Replacing your system during the off-season allows you to focus on the issue without worrying about the weather.
During the fall season, there is less demand for HVAC technicians. This means that they will have more time and availability to focus on your specific HVAC needs. It is easier to schedule inspections and replacements when your contractor is not heavily booked.
Less Installation Delays
There are sometimes delays in system installation despite all efforts to the contrary, especially during the busy summer season. Since fall has less demand, it is less prone to installation delays, and you might be able to get your unit in place right away. However, if there does happen to be a delay, the mild temperatures outside will ensure that you and your family are comfortable while waiting for the new air conditioner.
If your AC system is getting older or has been giving you issues, now may be the best time to schedule a technician to come out and take a look. Take advantage of the fall season to do some research and determine the best options for your home’s HVAC needs.