When it comes to replacing or repairing an air conditioning system, cost is often the top factor for homeowners. Of course, price is important. But, when deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, there are other considerations. Here are six things you likely didn’t know about your AC unit replacement to help you make the right decision.
Don’t Go Halfway
If you decide to replace your air conditioner, consider your entire HVAC system.
Many homeowners decide to install a new condenser and compressor without replacing the furnace and air handler. Those units may be available separately, but they’re designed to work together. When they don’t match in capacity and efficiency, you won’t get the comfort level you expect…or the energy bills. And, you likely won’t get the SEER rating promised by your chosen model.
Get “SEER”ious About Efficiency
The efficiency of air conditioners is often rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, otherwise known as SEER. An Energy Star air conditioner has a SEER that ranges between 13 and 21. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioner, which means it costs less to operate. Look for units with a mid-level rating. These models typically work best and pay for themselves more quickly in energy savings.
Get a Load of This
A load calculation is an in-depth analysis of your home’s cooling needs. It allows your AC installation experts to perfectly size your new air conditioner. Do not, we repeat, do not just match the size of the old system. Instead, be smart and get a new load calculation. It might be that your existing unit was improperly sized. Or, perhaps your home’s cooling needs have changed.
How Well Insulated is Your Home?
If your house is poorly insulated, it puts a strain on your aging air conditioner. With proper insulation, you may be able to get another few years out of your old AC unit. What’s more, a properly insulated home may require a smaller system when the time does come for your AC unit replacement (another reason for that load calculation). A smaller unit would lower both your upfront costs and your energy bills.
Get greater efficiency with a programmable thermostat. Use it to set to a desired temperature at specific times of the day and even by day of the week. If the house is empty, program a schedule to have the target temperature much higher. Then an hour before people are expected to return, set the thermostat to begin cooling the home. That way, everyone stays comfortable and you save money. Even at 76° Fahrenheit, you can balance comfort with energy and cost savings.
Be Kind to your AC
Schedule and perform regular maintenance. An Arizona air conditioning service, like Isley’s Home Service sends skilled technicians who follow a comprehensive checklist. They check/change filters and inspect coils, compressors, capacitors, and refrigerant. Without yearly maintenance, the AC loses up to 5% of its efficiency each year. We also offer a TLC maintenance service that makes it super easy and cost-effective to keep your AC happy and performing well.