Spring has sprung in the Florida Jacksonville area, and thousands of families all around town are having their air conditioners inspected and gearing up for the hot summer ahead. Is your air conditioner fit to get you through another year, or is it time to start thinking about replacing it with a new model? It is recommended that you replace your air conditioner every 10 years, but that’s more of a general rule of thumb – there are a number of things you should look at when considering air conditioner replacement!
Do you need air conditioner replacement?
ENERGY STAR, the ground responsible for determining the efficiency levels of almost every appliance in your home, has released a handy little checklist that can help you decide if you need air conditioner replacement:
Is your air conditioner more than 10 years old? If so, it might not be as efficient as it could be. Upgrading your air conditioner could save you as much as 20% on your cooling costs!
Does your air conditioner need frequent repairs? Are your energy bills going up? Both of these are signs your air conditioner is becoming less efficient and may not last much longer.
Is your AC making a lot of noise? A noisy air conditioner usually indicates a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling system.
Is your Home Energy Yardstick score lower than five?If your energy use is higher than average you’re probably paying too much on your energy bills.
Air conditioner efficiency levels are measured in SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio – which is an indicator of how efficient your unit will be. The higher the SEER, the more you’ll save! Most big brands (Trane, Ducane, Carrier, Rheem, etc) will have air conditioners with high SEER, so choose a company that you trust for an air conditioner that will run smoothly and efficiently for years.
Find Out About Local Rebates
One thing many people worry about when it comes to air conditioner replacement is the upfront costs. Air conditioners are expensive after all, and if yours works at all, is it really worth shelling out all that cash for a new model?
Fortunately, local utility companies, governments and manufacturers are always giving out rebates for energy efficient appliances which can seriously lower your down payment and shorten your payback period. Call Magnolia Heating & Air Conditioning for more information about local rebates in your area!