You rely on your air conditioner to keep you and your family cool and comfortable in your Margate, Florida, home. If you find that your older model air conditioner is not performing as well as it used to, consider installing a new one. Let’s look at several reasons why you should consider having us install a new one, and the many benefits you will receive from doing so.
Improved Energy Efficient
If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, the energy-efficiency rating of it is not as high as new systems, which can cause your energy bills to rise. One of the ways to determine the energy efficiency of an air conditioner is by looking at the SEER rating, known as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.
The SEER method calculates how much cooling output over a cooling season is, divided by the energy your air conditioner uses. The higher the SEER number, the less energy it needs to cool your home. A new air conditioner normally has ratings between 16 and 18 making them extremely energy-efficient.
It Is Easier to Set-Up a Zoning System
If you find that your home has hot and cold spots, consider having a zoning system installed. Zoning works in conjunction with the ducting, smart thermostats, a control panel, and your HVAC system. Dampers are installed in the ducting system and only allows cool air into rooms where the thermostat tells it to go. This makes your home more energy-efficient as you don’t need to try to cool the entire house, even to rooms that are not being used or that run cooler than others.
Simply set the thermostat in each room, or zone, to the desired temperature and when the sensors detect that the area needs more cool air, it sends a message to the control panel. From there, the control panel tells which damper to open and deliver more cool air to that space. Newer model air conditioners already have sophisticated modern technology that makes it much easier to integrate a zoning system.
Save Money on Energy and Repair Bills
Air conditioners have a lifespan, and eventually, they just get old and wear out. Even if you keep your system well maintained, it will reach the end of its lifespan. According to the Department of Energy, the average air conditioner should last between 15-20 years. As the system ages, you will find yourself calling for repairs on a failing air conditioner.
Not only are these repairs expensive, but breakdowns and malfunctions are inconvenient. Also, as the system has to work harder and harder to deliver cool air, it uses more and more electricity causing your energy bills to rise.
Spend time doing some math to calculate how much you are spending on repair and energy bills over the years. Then see how much a new air conditioner is and how much money you will save over the coming years by installing a new and more efficient one.
They Comply With New Refrigerant Requirements
Older model air conditioners use a coolant, or refrigerant, called R-22. As of January 2020, the import or manufacturing of R-22 will become illegal. This means that if you have an issue with the older refrigerant, such as a leak, it will become more costly to have your system topped off or re-filled, because there will be a limited supply of the chemical.
At some point, you will have to upgrade your old air conditioner to one that uses the new legal and more environmentally-friendly R410A refrigerant to comply with the new laws and regulations. Instead of waiting until your old air conditioner’s refrigerant becomes problematic, let us install a new one for you sooner than later. Your new air conditioner still needs regular maintenance so sign up for our maintenance agreement to ensure your new air conditioner runs in top condition.
Give our team of experts at Hi-Vac Air Conditioning Service a call today to schedule an appointment to have a new air conditioner installed. We are ready to help you decide what the best options for your home are. You can reach us at 954-246-4141.
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