Buying a new lawnmower or gas grill has a higher fun factor rating than replacing your central air conditioning. You may view A/C replacement as a calamity. But, it is a necessary and essential aspect of home ownership. Central air conditioning units typically have a life span of about 12-15 years. New units are more energy efficient and expected to last even longer than older models. When you consider the peace of mind that comes with a new system and the money you will be saving each month from lower utility bills, researching A/C replacement is not so overwhelming. Consider the following.
What needs to be replaced?
When your system is giving you ongoing problems or major repairs are needed, it may be cost-effective to replace it. If you have an old central air conditioner, there should be no need for ductwork. A high-efficiency outdoor compressor alone will save a considerable amount in energy cost. Consult with an HVAC professional to be sure the new unit matches properly with the indoor unit. Recent changes in design and refrigerants may necessitate replacing the entire system. All air conditioners made after January 26, 2006, have to have a SEER of at least 13. That is 30 percent more efficient than the previous minimum SEER of 10.
Features to look for
- Automatic-delay fan switch. This will turn the fan off a few minutes after the compressor stops.
- Fan-only switch. You can use this on those mild Grand Traverse County summer nights to reduce air-conditioning cost.
- Quiet operation. This is especially important if the unit is located near your bedroom.
- Filter check light. This will remind you to change the filter after the recommended number of operating hours.
- High temperature rating (EER). You want this to be above 11.6 to operate at the highest efficiency when the weather is hot.
Proper installation is crucial. If not installed correctly, a new unit will not operate efficiently and will wear out quickly.
Before choosing your new unit, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have more than 30 years of experience serving the home comfort needs of Grand Traverse County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about A/C replacement and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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