Air Conditioning Buying Guide: What to Consider When Purchasing a New Unit in the Greater Sacramento Area

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Air conditioners areSearch the most expensive appliance in your home. That means thoughtful planning for its purchase to ensure you get the right products that match your needs, budget, and maintenance. You also need to budget carefully as air conditioners can be expensive to buy, install and maintain. Apart from buying the unit, you need to schedule an HVAC installation appointment which also costs money. However, the entire process doesn’t have to overwhelm you because Ace Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning is here to guide you throughout the process.

Is it Time To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit? 

Have you thought about HVAC repair? Maybe your unit has a minor problem that AC experts at Ace Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning can fix. Before you fully commit to replacing your unit, we often recommend checking these signs:

  •         If it’s older than ten years
  •         Not cooling effectively even after repairs
  •         It requires more frequent costly repairs
  •         Breaking down frequently
  •         Has strange sounds and smells
  •         It’s skyrocketing your energy bills

Considerations To Make When Buying a New Air Conditioner in the Greater Sacramento Area

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Once you’ve ruled out the need for repair, here are the major considerations to make when purchasing a new unit. If you need help choosing a unit for your home, our AC professionals can help advise and provide valuable information and recommendations to help you make the right purchase.


Basic AC models can be affordable, while the large, sophisticated units are significant investments. It’s essential to assess your needs and create a reasonable budget. Ideally, you need a unit that balances functionality and efficiency.  Don’t forget that some key energy-saving features can help you lower your energy bills. Factor in maintenance and installation costs when setting the budget.


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Check the energy efficiency rating or EER to know the rate of cooling based on the energy used. Typically, the higher the EER, the more energy-efficient the unit, but such air conditioners are often more expensive. Go for units with features that help improve efficiencies, such as timers, sleep modes, and programmable thermostats.


Your home size determines the size of the air conditioner you buy. You don’t want to get a small window AC in a large house; it will barely cool your home. At the same time, you don’t want a big AC that makes your home feel like a refrigerator; it will only increase your energy bills. You also need to consider where you will be installing the AC. Larger units require more room with no obstructions. If you’re looking to cool multiple rooms, a ductless system or central air conditioning may be appropriate. For big spaces, large bulky units can work well.  Let us know if you need help assessing your space and AC needs.

Noise Level

While air conditioners are designed to operate as quietly as possible, some units can be noisier than others. Window air conditioners are notorious for making noise as they vibrate against the window sill. If you work from home or have a baby or older adult living in your home, go for a wall-mounted or portable unit to help reduce the noise level.


When choosing an air conditioner, it’s essential to consider the extra labor and maintenance level required. For instance, portable units often vent water into tanks or trays that you have to empty regularly. If you’re buying a single unit to cool the entire house, you can organize routine maintenance before the start of every summer and winter.

Get in Touch for Air Conditioning Installation in the Greater Sacramento Area

Part of getting the most out of your air conditioner involves getting the right HVAC company to install the AC for you. At Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re bonded, licensed, and insured, ready to work. Feel free toContact call us and book your appointment anytime!