Air Conditioning and Cooling
During the hot summer months, up to 70% of your electricity bill will be from your air conditioner. As your air conditioner gets older, it may not cool your house as efficiently, which will cost you more every month on your energy bills. The current minimum standard for air conditioners is 14 SEER. Since 2010, federal mandates have required that all newly installed A/C systems use environmentally compatible refrigerants, specifically R410A. Upgraded systems to meet this SEER and refrigerant requirement are not only environmentally more compatible but save money over the longer term.
There are many options for new heating equipment. We recommend many of the top brand names in the industry, and all of the new systems we install have received the Energy Star rating for high efficiency. This does not mean that you need to purchase the top of the line products in order to receive a return on your investment over the years of operation.
Air Conditioner – Repair or Replace
There have been many advances in the manufacturing of air conditioners since 2005 specifically related to improved energy efficiency (SEER rating), but how do you know whether you simply need to repair an air conditioning problem or if it is time to replace the air conditioning system with a newer high-efficiency unit?
For most, this is a difficult question. If your air conditioning system is still operating you are probably just looking to repair it to make it last longer at a greater efficiency level. However, if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, it was not designed with the same standards that are required today as it relates to energy efficiency. For example, an older gas furnace could waste up to 45% of the heat it generates, but today’s furnaces can operate at 97% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (A.F.U.E.). This means instant cost savings in the operation of the air conditioning or heating system.
Our professionally trained AC technicians will show you how well your air conditioning system is performing and help you understand your options. With knowledge you can have greater peace of mind with your final decision.