Owning a home can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to making decisions about the upkeep of your house. This is particularly true for air conditioning systems. If you’re questioning how long your older AC unit will last and whether or not you should wait until it stops working or if you should upgrade now, the uncertainty involved may leave you feeling like there’s no clear-cut solution. With research and due diligence on what type of system would work best for your needs, settling on a decision doesn’t have to be so perplexing!
If your current AC system is having significant trouble cooling your home, now may be the right time to upgrade. But how do you decide which new unit would work best? With so much information surrounding older air conditioners and upgrades, allow us—your Monroe Heating & Air professionals—to guide you through the decision-making process and ensure that your selection is an informed one.
WHAT IS THE AGE OF YOUR CURRENT AC?
When making a decision regarding your air conditioner, consider its longevity. The average lifespan of an AC is between 12-17 years. If yours has seen that many summers and winters, then this should be taken into account in your deliberations. However, don’t forget to factor in other elements, too; for instance, how much maintenance it has received over the years will determine if it can last a few more seasons or not. With all these factors combined, you’ll be ready to make an informed choice about what’s best for yourself and your home.
WHAT IS BETTER: MULTIPLE REPAIRS OR AN UPGRADE?
Say goodbye to unreliable AC units and say hello to energy efficiency! Instead of shelling out more money on repairs, consider investing in a new and improved unit that won’t have you begrudgingly waiting for the next breakdown. It may seem cheaper at first, but these costs will add up quickly – not to mention the fact that your patchwork repair job could leave you with a faulty machine again any time soon. Investing in an efficient system now can save you money (and plenty of headaches!) down the line. Ultimately, if you keep repairing your air conditioner over and over again, it could break down without any warning at the worst times. So much for convenience! Not to mention all of those repair bills adding up will cost more than a new one in the long run.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF YOUR MONTHLY ENERGY BILLS?
Are your energy bills difficult to manage? There can be a few explanations for why you’re experiencing higher-than-usual utility costs, but usually, an AC is responsible for nearly half of those expenses. If yours surpasses that average percentage, it could signify an inefficient or malfunctioning air conditioner. Just like any other type of machinery, regular use and age will slowly cause parts to wear down. Some air conditioners demand more consistent attention to maintain optimal performance, and eventually, they will retire, so to speak.
Selecting a high-efficiency, modern air conditioner can offer you an array of advantages and set your wallet at ease. Though the initial costs may be intimidating, these are far outweighed by extended benefits such as no more costly repairs or reduced energy bills each month. As such, it’s important to factor in all expenses before making this important decision.
WHAT REFRIGERANT DOES YOUR CURRENT AC USE?
With the Environmental Protection Agency banning R22 refrigerant due to its detrimental environmental effects, it can be tough locating a compatible and up-to-date refrigerant for certain AC units that require the use of this type. Moreover, refilling your unit with an alternative option could cost you more than what was initially budgeted – which is something to take into consideration.
While this may seem debilitating, it doesn’t have to be a complete setback. By using an energy-efficient AC, you can significantly reduce your home’s carbon emissions and create healthier air quality indoors. Plus, modern-day air conditioners are more efficient and cost-effective than ever before. So, not only is it better for the environment, but also beneficial in saving money!
Our team is here and ready to answer any questions you may have! To get the ball rolling, you can call us today and schedule a free estimate. Then one of our NATE-certified technicians will come out to your home to evaluate your air conditioning needs. Additionally, we are pleased to offer financing options for those who qualify. So, don’t wait another minute; let’s start making sure your home is set for the summer!
Call Monroe Heating & Air today at (513) 540-4890, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!