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Here are 5 things to consider when buying a new HVAC system

Buying a new cooling or heating system is a big investment. You need to consider the efficiency, size, type, ratings, and fit of each system within your budget. In this article, we’ll review what you need to consider when buying a new HVAC system for your home. Whether it’s spring and you’re looking for a new air conditioner or it’s fall and you need a new furnace, our buying guide can help you.

If you’re a homeowner or business owner here in Buffalo and Western New York, the team here at Reimer Home Services is ready to help you find the right cooling or heating system. Give us a call for a free in-home estimate today.

Look at the SEER rating (and other ratings)

Pictured: Air conditioners outside of a local home. When you're buying a new HVAC system, call Reimer!

If you’ve had your air conditioner or furnace for 10-20 years, HVAC technology has probably changed a lot since the last time you went shopping for one.

To get a good deal, it is important to go for the latest technology offered in the market in regards to energy-efficiency.

Getting an HVAC system with better ratings means you are saving significant amount of money every month while simultaneously protecting the environment.

SEER, HSPF, AFUE and EER are different rating methods designed to tell you, as the consumer, what you can expect from the HVAC system in terms of energy-efficiency. Generally speaking, the higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner or furnace.

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Pair your new system with a programmable thermostat

Thermostats have also come a long way in the last decade or so. There are now programmable thermostats available, which allow you to set the times and temperatures your air conditioner or furnace will run at. This kind of automated system can save you money on your monthly energy bills.

Many programmable thermostats can be controlled through your smartphone or smart home device. They’re a good investment to pair with a new air conditioner or furnace. By using your systems more efficiently, a programmable thermostat can help your HVAC units live longer, more productive lives.

Get the appropriate size of HVAC system

Another crucial thing to consider while you are buying a new HVAC system: make sure that the size of the unit fits your home space or size. The best way to find out what size of furnace or air conditioner you need? Call in the HVAC professionals at Reimer for a free installation estimate, and we’ll advise you on what size of HVAC unit to purchase.

Why does this matter? Well, an oversized or undersized HVAC system presents a number of problems that can end up costing you money. Here’s how:

  • Having too much heating and cooling capacity will make your HVAC system less efficient, because it will be consuming more energy to provide conditioned air for less space. It will also constantly start and stop, causing further wear-and-tear than normal.
  • Have too little heating and cooling capacity means you will be sacrificing your comfort because there will be inadequate cooling or heating according to the size of your home. Your system will also accrue more wear-and-tear as it runs constantly to try to keep up with demand.

Get honest advice on what HVAC unit is best

A lot of heating and cooling companies specialize or partner with just one brand. Even if that brand’s systems aren’t right for your home, they’ll have no choice but to push you in that direction, since that’s what they sell and install.

In contrast, a company like Reimer carries and installs multiple makes and models of air conditioners and furnaces, which means we can give you a more honest evaluation of the type that’s right for your home.

Cost matters… but not exactly in the way you think

Don’t make the mistake of just picking an air conditioner or furnace based on the sticker price alone. That’s a bad way to think about things, because the true cost of a HVAC system can often only be evaluated when it finally stops working.

Buying a new HVAC system? Be sure to have a professional technician install it in your home.

Buying a new HVAC system? Be sure to have a professional technician install it in your home.

Here’s what that means: let’s say that you purchase a less expensive air conditioner that saves you $3,000 compared to a better, more expensive model. You might think you got a great deal! But, if that worse air conditioner needs constant repairs, uses more energy, and dies at an earlier date than the other unit, you might not come out ahead at the end.

That’s why energy efficiency is so important: if you choose to buy a less expensive and less efficient air conditioner or furnace, you’re going to pay for it, every single month, for the lifetime of that unit. Just something to think about when you’re buying a new HVAC system.

For more tips on buying a new HVAC system, call Reimer

After getting the right HVAC system for your house, it is important to get it installed professionally for optimal results. At Reimer, our technicians are experienced professionals serving the greater Buffalo, New York area. We offer free in-home estimates on new systems, so don’t hesitate to give us a call with your questions or to get started.

You can reach our team at (716) 694-8524, or contact us online.

Use your tax refund to upgrade to a new air conditioner

It’s tax season, which also means that it’s tax refund season. According to the IRS, 83% of tax returns receive a refund, which means many Americans have cash on hand. Not everyone spends their refund wisely, and most Americans do spend it on something.

As we’ll discuss in a bit, one of the best uses of your refund is in making upgrades to your home—especially since increasing the value of your home helps you get more when it’s time to sell.

In this blog, we’ll talk about why investing in a new air conditioner to replace an older system might make sense for some homeowners.

#1. Investing this money in your home just makes sense

Most investors and financial planners are against using a tax refund for personal purchases, vacations, or—and this should come as no surprise—gambling money. Generally, these are good ways to get the least out of your refund, or to lose it completely.

Instead, most financial planners advocate for investing, saving, or using your tax refund on upgrades to your home that will permanently add value.

And while you can use your refund to put in some new kitchen countertops, replacing your decades-old air conditioner with a new system will also pique potential buyer interest, either now or years from now. Let’s discuss why.

#2. A new air conditioner has value

A new air conditioner, professionally installed by the experts at Reimer, adds value to your home. Many homeowners are wary of moving into a home with aging HVAC systems that they know they’ll have to replace.

In a hot market, any homes with newer HVAC systems are going to have an advantage, and those sellers are going to be able to maximize their value and return on investment.

There are few places in your home where your tax refund will have exactly the same impact. That’s particularly true if you’re not planning on selling your home right away.

#3. Live comfortably before you sell

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home in this year, or even in the next few years, a new air conditioner is something you can enjoy in the meantime. You can benefit from the increased comfort, better reliability, and superior energy-efficiency of your new air conditioner for years before selling your home.

With Reimer, finding the right air conditioner for your home is an easy process. When you call us, we’ll schedule a free in-home estimate with you. We’ll take measurements and match the right system to your home. Your peace of mind (and, really, the peace of mind of future buyers) is that the system is installed right by true professionals.

Learn more about our air conditioning installation, or contact us today to schedule your free in-home estimate.

Reasons you should schedule an AC tune-up this summer

Most of us take the air conditioning in our homes for granted. However, the fact is that air conditioners get worn out over time. The electrical and mechanical components inside the device undergo wear-and-tear with use. If they are not replaced or repaired, it can lead to an emergency system breakdown, resulting in the need for repairs.

Schedule an AC tune-up with ReimerPreventive air conditioner maintenance will ensure proper working of the cooling device. You should schedule an AC tune-up this summer with Reimer to ensure that you air condoner works without any problems.

Here are four major benefits of scheduling a tune-up with us.

#1. Less frequent need for repairs

The major benefit of scheduling an air conditioner maintenance or tune-up is that you’ll need costly repairs less frequently. In fact, it’s said that every penny that you spend on an annual tune-up will save you a dollar in repairs. With proper maintenance and tune-ups, air conditioner breakdowns are far less likely to happen.

Our experienced air conditioner technicians will thoroughly inspect the cooling device and perform the required fixes right then and there. This will ensure that small problems with the cooling device do not develop into major issues. It will also reduce the likelihood that you spend the day sweating out due to an unexpected breakdown during summer.

#2. Reduced energy bills

When you schedule an AC tune-up, our technicians will make sure your air conditioner is running at its top efficiency. The cooling device will draw less power to cool the room. As a result, your energy bills won’t be high.

If you don’t maintain the air conditioner, it will strain to keep up and generate cool air. This will result in high energy bills.

#3. Extended system lifespan

Another benefit of scheduling an air conditioner checkup with Reimer is that it will most likely result in the increased lifespan of the cooling unit. A new air conditioner tends to cost thousands of dollars. For most people, an air conditioner is a major expense.

If you have the system tuned-up regularly by an experienced air conditioner technician, you can enjoy efficient cooling for a long time.

#4. Optimal room cooling

Scheduling a tune-up with Reimer will ensure that the air conditioner generates optimal cooling. Your rooms will remain cool and comfortable even during particularly hot days. There won’t be any hot spots in the home. The cooling will be uniform throughout the house resulting in maximum comfort for everyone.

Schedule an AC tune-up from the friendly pros at Reimer!

If you are ready to schedule an AC tune-up, contact us at Reimer Home Services. We serve the residents of Buffalo, NY. Our NATE-certified air conditioner technicians can ensure that your system operates efficiently without any problems.

You should consider scheduling an air conditioner maintenance before the summer rush. Our professional technicians will perform a thorough inspection of the air conditioner to ensure that everything is in good working order.

Here are 7 reasons why your air conditioner isn’t working as well as it could be (and what to do!)

Here’s an air conditioner filter buying guide from Reimer

Filter Buying GuideAir filter is an important component of the air conditioning unit. The filter removes air pollutants from the air, which can reduce the indoor air quality. Your family will be able to breathe cleaner air when you replace the filter regularly. Also, replacing the filter on a regular basis will result in efficient operation of the system due to which you can save on energy bills.

If you are thinking about replacing the air conditioner filter, this air conditioner filter buying guide will prove invaluable.

Your air conditioner filter buying guide

When buying the filter you need to consider various things. The most important consideration is the filter’s efficiency in removing the dust particles. Generally, filter efficiency is measured by the following technical terms:

  • MERV
  • MPR
  • FPR

Before heading to the stores, you should know the technical terms so that you make the best decision. All air filters have a minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV. The rating was developed in 1987 to report the effectiveness of air filters in removing the dust particles. The MERV ratings are between 0 and 20. You should select an air filter rated 15 or above as they can remove most of the airborne contaminants.

MPR stands for Micro-Particle Performance rating. Developed by 3M Filtrete, the rating tells how effectively the filter can block particles between 0.3 and 1 micron in size. Consider buying a filter with an MPR of 1900 or above as they are the most effective in removing air pollutants.

Lastly, the FPR that stands for Filter Performance rating has been developed by Home Depot. The rating applies to filters that are sold through the store. They indicate whether the filter has a good, better, best, or premium rating. When purchasing a filter through the Home Depot, you should consider buying a filter with FPR rating of best or premium.

Here’s the bottom-line

Buying a high efficiency filter will result in cost saving for you. High rated filters require less frequent replacement as compared to lower rated filters. Apart from the rating of the filters there are many types of filters such as fiberglass and pleated filters that have different efficiency in removing the dust particles.

Keep in mind that most air filters require replacement after 3 months of use. High energy efficient pleated filters can last for up to 12 months. The area where you reside will determine how frequently you should replace the filter. If you reside in an area with a lot of dirt and dust, you need to replace the filter more frequently.

Call Reimer for more on the air conditioner filter buying guide

You should consider talking with an air conditioner technician to learn more about buying the best filter for your cooling unit. If you reside in Buffalo and Western New York area, you can contact Reimer Home Services.

Financing a new air conditioner through Reimer

It’s the middle of summer in Western New York, and your air conditioner has finally started to give out after more than 10 seasons. With your current, older air conditioner one foot in the grave and your home budget already stretched to the breaking point, it might seem like you’re between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

Financing Air Conditioning SystemsHowever, with financing from Reimer, you can get your air conditioner replaced without having to worry about the upfront cash. We offer financing to customers with approved credit, and that financing can help you in a number of ways, including allowing you to take advantage of seasonal specials on new systems, giving you greater buying power to purchase the right system for your family and home, and letting you buy into greater energy savings. Most importantly, you and your family will stay cool for the rest of the summer.

Financing gives you greater buying power

When you’re limited to the cash you have on-hand, you’re only able to purchase the systems you can afford to pay cash for—not the system that fits your home and cooling needs best. That last part is important. Air conditioners need to be the right size for homes: too big, and the system is constantly starting and stopping, wasting energy as it tries to maintain temperature; too small, and the system is constantly working harder and straining to keep up with demand.

Financing gives you the purchasing power to buy the right system, not just the right-priced system. When you work with Reimer, our professional team will help you determine which system is right for your home. We provide you with a free estimate to get started. Give us a call today to learn more about how we provide estimates to our customers.

Take advantage of specials

When you’re saving up for a new air conditioner, you may have to wait through several specials that would have otherwise saved you money. Reimer regularly offers seasonal deals on new air conditioners (and furnaces) that can offer major savings on the most advanced new Carrier systems. However, paying in cash means that your timing might not be right, leading to you losing out on a special offer from either Reimer or Carrier.

Instead, financing a new system allows you to take advantage of the limited time offer, so that you don’t lose out on an air conditioner that was perfect for your home, at the right price. To see current specials offered by Reimer, visit our coupons page.

Energy-efficiency boost

It’s a well-known fact that the air conditioners built today are far more energy efficient than the ones manufactured 20, 15, or even 10 years ago. Even not accounting for the age of your older air conditioner—since system lose efficiency as they age—today’s AC systems have an emphasis on reduced energy use. If you’re paying high electric bills while waiting, season after season, to save up for an upgrade to a new air conditioner, you could be costing yourself money in the long-run.

Financing allows you to make the leap in efficiency right away, which will save you money on your bills for the entire summer season—and years after that.

Ready to get started?

If you’re ready to learn more about financing from Reimer, give our team a call at (716) 694-8524.

Reasons to finance a new air conditioner this summer

It’s a hot summer and it’s only just getting started. As the temperatures rise, the pressure on your current air conditioner increases, as well. For an older AC system, the question isn’t if it’s going to have a breakdown, it’s when. If you find yourself unexpectedly in need of a new air conditioner, you’ll need a new system—even if your budget isn’t ready for it. That’s where Reimer comes in.

We offer financing to customers with approved credit. To learn more about our financing offers, give Reimer a call. Here are just some of the benefits of using financing to purchase a new system.

Financing new air conditionersYou can get the right air conditioner

When you use cash to purchase a new system, you’re limited to what you have on-hand. However, that amount might only be enough to purchase a system that’s too small for your home, or lacks efficiency upgrades that will save you money over the years to come. You shouldn’t have to settle on a system that’s not a great fit just because you don’t have the exact cash for a better one.

With financing, you could use your current cash as a down payment and then pay for the remainder of the system over time. This allows you to get the system you need for your home without having to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

You can take advantage of seasonal specials

If you’ve been waiting to purchase a new air conditioning system until you have the right amount of cash, you could miss seasonal specials and incentives that greatly reduce the price of new systems. With financing from Reimer, you can purchase the new system when the time is right, allowing you to save money.

You can get an energy efficient system sooner

If your current system has been crawling along, an upgrade to a new system will allow you to reap the benefits of greater energy efficiency. The money you’ll save on your energy bills during the summer months isn’t insignificant. If you’re waiting until the end of the summer to upgrade until a new system, financing can help you save money over the three or four months where you use your air conditioning the most.

You get working AC sooner

This is one of the more obvious reasons. Every day you delay is another day that your family will have to spend in the heat of summer. By applying for financing, you can get your new AC system sooner than if you had to save up cash to pay for it.

Choose Reimer for new AC systems

Reimer sell and installs some of the most sophisticated cooling systems available today. Since 1921, we’ve been providing the residents of Western New York with comfort solutions, including air conditioning. Our NATE-certified technicians are installation specialists. We can help match you to the new system that’s right for your home and cooling needs. Give us a call today!