Is your air conditioning system in need of an upgrade? Good air conditioners are an investment, and you certainly don’t want to replace one before it’s time. But how do you know the difference between a repair or a replacement? You work with an air conditioning company you trust and/or you look for the following things:
Should you go with repair or new air conditioning installation?
Repairs are More Costly Even with Maintenance
This is an obvious one but when you seem to be repairing it every season even with semi-annual maintenance checks and consistent changing of the filter, then it’s probably time for a more reliable model.
The Unit’s Age
Age is only a number until it comes to your air conditioning in Florida. We run them hard down here. A decade is a good rule of thumb on an AC unit. Another reason to replace an old AC is efficiency. Older units are just not as efficient as the models out today. Replacing an old unit will cost you money, but you’ll also see a reduction in your electricity bill.
If you have some rooms that are comfortable, others that are too warm, and know your ductwork and insulation are in good shape, then your AC is most likely ready for retirement.
How to Select the Right Air Conditioning System for Your Home:
The More Efficient the Better
Living in Florida, you’ll use your AC a lot, so in addition to a good, reliable name, you want the most efficient model. Look for the Seasonal Energy-Efficiency Ratio or Rating (or SEER number) to be able to compare and contrast units easily. The higher the SEER number the more energy efficient it is. The minimum efficiency of a unit is 10, but new ACs are required by law to be at least 13. They go all the way up to 18. Look for an ENERGY STAR designation for the greatest energy savings.
The Quieter the Better
Air conditioning systems are no longer the large, loud beasts they once were. Units have gotten smaller, more efficient, and less loud. This is important for those of us with units beneath rooms we spend a lot of time in like the bedroom or living room. Look for the manufacturer’s information on quieter models.
It’s essential you select a unit that is the appropriate size for your house — bigger isn’t better in this case. A unit that is too big for your home will turn on and off more frequently, cost more, and use more energy (raising your electricity bills). It also won’t dehumidify as well, and it will be noisier because most grilles in homes are designed for smaller units. Ensure you work with a trustworthy company to help you fit the size of your AC to your home.
If your current air conditioner seems to be down more than it runs, you’re tired of costly electric bills, and/or are ready to make the switch to a more energy-efficient unit, Easy AC is a factory-authorized Carrier dealer in Tampa Bay. Their units are among some of the most durable and energy-efficient in the industry.
We can help you find the perfect air conditioner for your home. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.