If you’re using an air conditioning system that is not that old, replacing it may be the last thing on your mind. However, even if your present system is fairly new, purchasing a high-efficiency air conditioner may be the smart thing to do. The efficiency of air conditioning systems have improved considerably in the past few years. Air conditioners made eight or more years ago are not as efficient as newer models. Weigh the costs and benefits, and consider whether purchasing a new air conditioner makes it worth your while.
- Consider your monthly utility bill. Your cooling system need not be antiquated to be inefficient. Some brands tend to break down often while others use more power to keep your home cool. Look for those with the Energy Star seal. Systems that have earned the Energy Star badge are products that meet the strict energy efficiency guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Consider your repair costs. The money spent on the repair and servicing of your current system may be best used toward a more efficient air conditioner. Labor costs are not cheap. Replacing a major component such as the compressor, evaporator or condenser coils may turn out to be cost prohibitive.
- Consider any tax incentives and rebates, as well as low or no interest loans. There are a number of tax credits and rebates you could qualify for. Manufacturers and your local HVAC contractor may also offer special financing offers. Equipment repair, on the other hand, generally does not offer any financial incentives.
Contact us at Ernst Heating and Cooling. You can even schedule an appointment online. We offer the latest heating and cooling products, and our staff of highly-trained technicians are always on hand to maintain and repair the air-conditioning and heating system in your Edwardsville area home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about high-efficiency air conditioning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.