4 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Air Conditioner This Fall

If it's been a while since the last time you had your air conditioner upgraded, now is the right time to do just that. With fall's cooler temperatures comes a golden opportunity to finally upgrade your A/C system without in during any of the hassles that are likely to pop up during any other time of year. The following explains why you'll want to take this opportunity instead of waiting until winter or spring for an A/C replacement.

Easier and Speedier Service

The first challenge of upgrading your air conditioner during the summer is getting an HVAC technician scheduled to perform the service in a timely manner. Summer is usually a time when technicians are swamped with calls for emergency service as well as last-minute A/C maintenance. With these calls often taking priority over other services, it's easy to see how an A/C installation can end up on the back burner.

As the summer gives way to fall, however, demand for A/C service usually slows down to less hectic levels. The brief lull in work between the cooling and heating seasons not only makes it easier to find a technician and schedule service, but your technician will also have more time to carefully install your new A/C system.

Waiting until winter to tackle your A/C replacement also comes with many of the same issues. At the start of the winter heating season, calls for emergency heating repair and last-minute furnace maintenance are bound to increase, making it harder to schedule your A/C replacement. The last thing you'd want to do is wait until it's too late to have your A/C upgraded before the end of the year.

Greater Convenience

Another challenge of having your air conditioner upgraded during the summer involves beating the heat during the brief amount of time you're likely to be without air conditioning. In some cases, it could take anywhere from a few hours to even a few days to complete and installation. Unless you have alternative means of keeping yourself and your home cool and comfortable, such as a portable A/C system or several window-mounted A/C units, you may find yourself sweating out more than just the details during your A/C installation.

On the other hand, fall is a time when it's neither too hot nor too cold outside. Scheduling your A/C replacement during the fall means you won't have to worry about keeping your home cool without actually losing your cool.

Better Discounts and Rebates

Fall is also a time when air conditioners are likely to cost less than during any other time of the year. That's because most manufacturers and retailers heavily discount their A/C systems in order to clear their inventory before year's end. As a result, you may be able to find deep discounts and attractive rebates for the A/C system of your choice.

Not only that, but many technicians are also willing to offer discounts and rebates on A/C installations done during this time. This is usually due to the aforementioned lull in demand for HVAC services between seasons. You may also be able to benefit from available tax credits for purchasing Energy Star-eligible A/C equipment.

Greater Peace of Mind

Having your A/C system replaced during the fall also cuts out plenty of the stress involved in choosing your new unit and scheduling for professional installation. Your technician won't feel rushed to get the job done quickly, giving him or her plenty of time to get it done the right way. You'll have greater peace of mind knowing that your A/C system was properly installed by a trained professional from the very start.

Being this proactive when it comes to your A/C system also means you won't be kicking yourself for not scheduling a replacement sooner.