There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when an air conditioner replacement becomes a consideration. Whether the current unit isn’t performing as well as it used to, or the monthly energy bills are gradually increasing, a new air conditioning unit has many benefits. Andersen Heating & Cooling has been talking with homeowners about AC replacements for over 30 years, so we know exactly what to look for when it comes to a new unit for your home. Keep reading below to see some of the guidelines we follow when recommending a new AC unit:
One of the main reasons to consider a new air conditioner is efficiency. With technology constantly evolving, HVAC units are getting more and more efficient every year. One of the ways to measure a unit’s efficiency is to look at the SEER, or the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating is derived from different equations that calculate the cost of energy consumption in your home and compares it to the industry standard. Older units generally have a SEER rating of 8-12, while some of the newest units reach up to a SEER rating of 25. That’s potentially 3x the efficiency and savings you could experience with a new unit!
Although a new efficient unit is a great way to stay comfortable and lower utility bills, there are still other ways to save money with a new unit. Older units are more likely to leak or break, causing you to schedule repairs. Some repairs can end up being so costly that it’s actually cheaper in the long run to get a replacement unit. Not only that, but there are a good amount of tax credits and rebates from the manufacturer or government that allow you to get replacement units for cheaper than the MSRP cost.
Lastly, a lot of the older units use an outdated type of refrigerant called R-22. This type of refrigerant is slowly becoming harder to get and more expensive because it is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. As of 2010, R22 is no longer allowed to be used in newly-manufactured air conditioners in the US. The EPA is reducing the amount manufactured by nearly 50% over the next few years, and it will be no longer be available in the United States by 2020.
As you can see, there are many benefits to a new air conditioner. Comfort and energy savings are two of the biggest contenders when considering a new unit, so keep those in mind when you are thinking about an upgrade. If you have any additional questions about your home, feel free to give Andersen Heating & Cooling a call today!