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What To Consider When You Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

Replaced Air Conditioning Unit

New Air Conditioning Installation

A new air conditioning installation can be a big investment to make and a large effort to undertake. There are many factors to understand when considering which system to buy .  The amount of information may seem overwhelming. However, many HVAC professionals regard these three issues as primary when considering an air conditioning installation.

Upfront costs versus lifetime costs

The decision to make a new air conditioning installation isn’t one that a homeowner makes often. Upfront costs for a new AC unit and all its associated pieces can come as quite a shock to someone. Especially when they haven’t had to make this purchase in the recent past. However, resist the urge to take the lower-priced alternative until you’ve had a chance to evaluate the full lifetime costs of the system. The lifetime costs take into account energy efficiency, frequency of maintenance, and probability of repairs. A well-manufactured and properly installed system with a high seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) will be pricier. Consider, though, the lifetime cost of the system will be much lower than its cheaper counterpart. Inefficient and poorly-made systems place a strain on energy bills.  These lower-cost systems may also require frequent visits from HVAC professionals to address their many issues.

Efficiency ratings for new ac installations

Advancing air conditioning technology has allowed homeowners to maintain comfortable temperatures without breaking their utility budgets. Today’s systems offer higher efficiency features such as variable speed air handlers. These air handlers operate continuously at reduced speeds in order to obtain lower energy consumption. Higher SEERs mean that newer AC units will produce an increased rate of cooling capacity with the energy it consumes. Therefore, realizing the impact of this technology, EPA regulations set minimum SEER requirements for air conditioning systems. As of January 1st, 2015, all new manufactured air conditioners were required to have a minimum of a 14 SEER.  However, these requirements will change in 2023 for any new air conditioning installations.

Service call frequency

A system utilizing higher grade components and operating at higher levels of efficiency will often require less maintenance because there will be less stress on the unit’s moving parts. If properly installed and maintained, today’s air conditioning systems may only require an annual service call and inspection.

To sum up, a new air conditioning installation is no easy feat. So if you have questions, please contact our team of HVAC experts to address any concerns you may have. Also, check our  “Special Offers” page for additional values.

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