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Tax Refund? Tune-up Your AC or Invest in the Latest Efficient Model

Published on: May 16, 2012

If you were fortunate enough to receive a tax refund this year, consider using it towards air conditioning service or new air conditioning installation. Since summer is almost here in the Savannah River area, you can use the extra money to ensure that everyone stays cool and comfortable in the months ahead. When you feel comfortable in your Savannah River area home, it helps you to relax and just enjoy the season with your family.

Routine air conditioning service is helpful if you have a unit that is less than 10 years old and still functions quite well. Most air conditioning service and air conditioning installation companies offer annual preventative maintenance plans to their customers. These scheduled service plans include several benefits, including an annual tune-up, priority scheduling and discounts on parts and labor for future appointments. The cost is nominal when compared to the benefits you receive.

A routine air conditioning service appointment consists of the technician completing a checklist of approximately 20 items. Typical routine maintenance involves adding lubrication, making sure the drainage tubes and pan are functioning properly, changing the air filter, and tightening all wiring and much more. As the technician completes each item on the checklist, he or she will make notations to share with you at the conclusion of the appointment. You should also receive a list of recommended future services.

New air conditioning installation may be the better option if you are dealing with an old, inefficient unit that continues to cost you money in repair bills. If you decide to go with new air conditioning installation, a professional HVAC company can provide you with several options in regards to brand, cost, features and energy efficiency. Of these factors, the energy efficiency ratio is the most important thing to consider before you agree to new air conditioning installation. Efficiency ratings are expressed as a SEER number, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. While the minimum SEER rating is only 13, you can prevent frequent air conditioning service by choosing a model with a rating that is greater than 20.