The summer months are right around the corner. And as a result, you’ll want to make sure your home’s air conditioning system is in its top working condition so you’ll be able to stay cool all season long.
However, most air conditioners only last between 12 and 15 years on average — meaning it might be time for you to invest in a new and more energy efficient model. Doing so can actually save you money in the long run, as today’s air conditioners typically use 30 to 50% less energy than those made several decades ago.
Want to make sure you’re getting an air conditioning replacement at the right time — and that you do it with the right air conditioning company? Take a look at these three things all homeowners should consider when replacing their air conditioners:
You might need more than your air conditioner replaced
If you’re already having your air conditioner replaced, you should consider whether or not you need a furnace replacement as well. While you won’t likely need to use your new furnace for another few months, it will be much quicker and easier to replace your entire heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at once.
Bigger isn’t always better
Air conditioners are typically categorized by the number of tons of refrigeration they offer. One ton of refrigeration is equivalent to the cooling ability of one ton of ice melting for 24 hours. More tons of refrigeration isn’t always ideal for every home, however — in fact, it’s recommended that you buy an air conditioner with about a half-ton less than you’ve been advised to buy.
Know the air conditioner’s energy efficiency rating
As stated before, today’s air conditioners are more energy efficient than ever before. Before purchasing your new air conditioner, be sure to know its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER); Energy Star-certified air conditioners ought to have a SEER rating between 13 and 21 for optimal energy efficiency.
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