Constant issues with a home’s air conditioner can cause headaches and put a real strain on homeowners’ wallets. When repairs become common, looking into a replacement A/C unit can be a worthwhile option, since the investment also comes with several benefits.
Benefits of air conditioner replacement
Higher efficiency: The efficiency of your system is based on its seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER. This indicates how much energy a system uses to cool your home. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system is. If your system is 8 to 10 years old, its SEER is probably between 6 and 10. Today, newer air conditioners are Energy Star certified with a SEER of 14.5 and up. Depending on your existing system, if you were to replace it with a new system that has a minimum SEER of 14.5, it’s possible to reduce your energy use between 28 and 56 percent.
Lower utility bills: The amount you can lower your utility bill depends on the price of electricity. The Energy Star savings calculator allows you to compare the cost of running a new system with the cost of running your existing system.
Improved comfort: Installing a new air conditioner can give you continuously even temperatures in all parts of your home.
Better air quality: A newer system can help control the climate in your home and lessen the amount of indoor pollutants because newer systems are equipped with better humidity controls.
Energy tax credit: Replacing your unit can put more money in your pocket at tax time. President Obama signed the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 that extended tax credits on high efficiency heating and cooling systems bought and installed from the beginning of 2012 till the end of 2013. There is a possibility of recouping 30 percent of the cost of a high efficiency air conditioning unit.
Eco-friendly refrigerant: Most modern cooling systems use the EPA-approved, chlorine-free refrigerant R-410A.
Convenience: A new system eliminates unnecessary repairs in the future and the frustration of waiting for parts.
For more information about replacing your air conditioner, contact Rheem Pro Partner. Serving the greater Denver area, we’re happy to help.