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Replacing a central air conditioning system is one of the most expensive propositions that a homeowner can face. In addition to the cost of the air conditioning unit itself comes the cost of installation and sometimes the cost of replacing certain elements of an air duct system. Therefore, it’s important to determine exactly what you want and what you need in an air conditioning system before the work begins.

In terms of wants and needs, evaluating the best central air conditioning systems begins with determining the right air conditioner in terms of your home’s square footage and in terms of the features that you want, such and energy efficiency rating and air filtering capabilities. However, after you know what you need and you decide what you want, it’s important to do a little investigative work to insure that you purchase the right brand and get the right company to install it.

To choose the right brand, it’s best not to rely only on a brand’s reputation for quality. In some cases, a so-called “quality” brand earned its reputation long ago and no longer uses the parts or employs the craftsmanship that helped to form its reputation. An easy way to tell if this is the case is to read recent customer reviews of the model that you’re thinking about purchasing. If you find numerous complaints that express the same issues, it might be a good idea to consider a different brand.

Similarly, you shouldn’t just trust an HVAC company on its promise to do a quality installation job. Instead, call the Better Business Bureau and see if a company has any unresolved complaints on its record. If it does, it could be a case of a customer being in the wrong. But it could also mean that a company does poor work and doesn’t place their customers first, which isn’t worth risking when it comes to an investment like implementing a new central air conditioning system.