Air Conditioner Options to Keep You Cool
Need a New Air Conditioner, but Not Sure Whether to Rent or Buy?
Our expert Home Comfort Advisors can outline both options for you and help you choose the one that suits your cooling needs and budget. Here’s what you need to know to get started:
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Benefits of Renting
The Buying Option
Why Rent an Air Conditioner?
Don’t want to worry about upfront costs, ongoing maintenance or expensive repairs? Renting an air conditioner could be the answer. Here’s what you need to know:
- This hassle-free, convenient option can bring you year-round peace of mind
- When renting your cooling equipment, you pay nothing upfront and Reliance Home Comfort® will maintain and repair your air conditioner at no cost**
- Get any applicable government rebates without the upfront costs
- Renting gives you the option to buy at any time
- Renting means not having to worry about your family’s comfort
- Renting makes sense in so many ways!
Buying an Air Conditioner
If you choose to buy your equipment, Reliance will provide a free in-home assessment and price quote guaranteed for thirty days with options to meet the budget and needs of all customers, including:
- Outright purchase or affordable monthly rate financing1. with no penalty early buyout
- Accepting cash, cheque or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa) or debited directly from your bank account monthly
- Professional installation and the removal and disposal of old equipment
- Up to 10 year parts and labour Warranty2.
- Five money-back and service guarantees2. ensuring post installation peace of mind
- Equipment Maintenance and Protection plans are available
1. On Approved Credit (OAC).
2. Warranty period and guarantees vary by equipment selected.
Packaged air conditioners.
In a packaged central air conditioner, the evaporator, condenser, and compressor are all “packaged” together in one cabinet. For this reason, it’s a good option for homeowners who have limited indoor space.
Packaged air conditioners use a duct system to distribute cool air. The AC unit is usually placed on a roof and tends to be a more common choice for small commercial buildings. Some packaged air conditioners can include heating functions, so a separate furnace isn’t required.
A split system for cooling is by far the most common kind of home comfort solution in Canada.
A split-system central air conditioner has both an outdoor unit (the condenser) and an indoor unit (the evaporator), hence, the ‘split’ system. Your furnace contains the evaporator coil. Your furnace blower motor is used to circulate the cool air through the ductwork of your home. In the event that a home can’t accommodate the ductwork needed to install central air, a split ductless system is an option.
Ductless or Mini-Split Air Conditioners.
Do you live in a home without ducts? Or maybe you don’t want to spend the money it would take to install ductwork for a central air conditioning system?
Ductless or mini-split air conditioners are alternatives to window air conditioners and similar to central air conditioners, with an outside condenser, and indoor units with blowers mounted on the wall, floor or ceiling. Tubing, which connects the parts and circulates refrigerant, and an electric and drain line run through a hole behind the indoor unit. Each indoor unit is controlled by a remote control.
The size of your new AC is critical to your home comfort. If the AC is too small for the square footage of your home, it will struggle to keep you cool on hot days.
If the AC is too large for your home, it will cycle on and off, wasting energy. It will also not effectively dehumidify your home, making it feel warmer and less comfortable.
In addition to considering the square footage of your home, a heating and cooling expert – like a Reliance Home Comfort™ Advisor – will take in account other important factors, such as:
Your family’s needs
• Specific region and climate in which you live
• Orientation of your home (for example, if it faces west)
• Size and age of your windows
• Your home’s ventilation system and ductwork
• Quality and quantity of your home’s insulation
• Age of your home
Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free, no-obligation, in-home consultation with a Home Comfort Advisor. Call us today, or book online.
If you’re looking for ways to cut your energy bill, check out these simple yet effective strategies.
Get a programmable or smart thermostat
They’re relatively inexpensive and can help save you a bundle. For instance, with a programmable thermostat, you can time your system to turn on an hour or so before you arrive home, helping avoid the costs of cooling an empty house. And there is a growing array of thermostats which can be controlled with mobile apps, which put better energy management literally in the palm of your hand!
Become a fan of ceiling fans.
While a ceiling fan doesn’t actually lower the room temperature, it can make you feel cooler by moving air over your skin. That way, you’ll be more likely to crank down the AC.
A bright idea: energy-saving light bulbs.
Incandescent bulbs are not only energy hogs, they generate more heat than you may think. Switch to more energy-efficient options – your AC and your wallet will love you for it.
Close the curtains and blinds.
The sun’s rays, strongest during the summer months, can heat up any room quickly. So draw curtains and blinds when you can, and especially on hot sunny days. Feeling ambitious? Plant a natural shade like a tree or tall shrub in front of windows that receive a lot of sun.
Avoid oven-cooking on hot days.
Instead of a heat-generating oven, consider cooking in a microwave or on outdoor grill.
Check your furnace for a dirty filter.
A dirty filter can restrict airflow, making your AC work harder than it needs to. Change the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or more frequently if you have pets or suffer from allergies.
Rebates are great — no debates about it
Depending on what province you live in, you could receive attractive rebates when you upgrade your AC or purchase products that help you become more energy efficient, such as programmable thermostats. Visit your local utility website for more information on available rebates and offers.
Choose ENERGY STAR® certified ACs
ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioners have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) ratings and use less energy than conventional new models*. At Reliance Home Comfort, our experts can help you choose an ENERGY STAR certified AC that’s right for your needs. Schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation with a Home Comfort Advisor today.
Need a new furnace air conditioner or hot water heater but not sure whether to rent or buy?
Regardless of your equipment needs, it’s important to know what’s right for you. Here’s what you need
to know to get started. A rental unit is a great option for a lot of homeowners as it gives peace
of mind. The repairs are always covered. Lifetime repairs and maintenance are included with your
rental so you’ll never be surprised with an unexpected repair bill. As a rental customer,
you’ll also have 24/7, 365 live telephone support and direct access to technicians
that know your equipment and have all the parts on hand to service it fast so
you never have to worry about being without heating, cooling or hot water. With rental,
you’ll also get the convenience of one low monthly payment that is easy to budget for.
Even with our most efficient units, there are no upfront equipment costs and you can take advantage
of any available government rebates. Plus, when you rent your heating or cooling system,
your annual maintenance is fully covered. That even includes the maintenance of your humidifier
and upgraded filters for optimal airflow. Buying is another great option. Buying your equipment
allows you to take advantage of special promotions or competitive financing rates so you can still
find the right equipment that fits your budget. Plus when you purchase your equipment, you’ll
still have access to Reliance’s large network of professionally trained technicians. We also
include standard parts and labour warranties on all of our equipment so that you will be covered
in the event of a faulty part or breakdown. You’ll also have the ability to keep your heating and
cooling equipment running efficiently by adding a Protection Plan to your purchase that includes
annual maintenance and allows you to avoid most unexpected repair costs. At the end of the day,
the best option is whatever suits the needs of you and your family. If you’re renting,
your unexpected repairs and annual maintenance for your furnace and AC are covered. With buying,
you’ll own your equipment and you’ll always have the option to cover repair and maintenance
costs with a Protection Plan after your warranty period. Whichever you choose,
you can Call on Reliance™ and schedule a time with our trusted Home Comfort Advisors. Our
Advisors will take the time to assess your needs and help you make the right decision.