Making an A/C upgrade can be a very difficult process to get right. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that almost half the money you spend in your home goes toward heating and cooling it. In the Fresno region, many of those costs occur during our long, hot summers. Running an older air conditioner that requires frequent maintenance and repair is a lot like throwing good money after bad.
The electrical consumption with old cooling equipment is also higher than for a new air conditioner, and these lower electric bills will gradually help you pay back your investment in an A/C upgrade. Energy Star reports that you can save up to 30 percent on your electric bills when you replace an older system with new system. The minimum energy efficiency rating for central air conditioners is 13 SEER, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Higher SEER ratings give you lower electric bills and increase your interior comfort.
Features that increase the SEER ratings of new A/C upgrades include variable-speed motors that run much more quietly, remove more humidity, and distribute the conditioned air better. Dual-speed compressors only run on the highest speed during the hottest weather. When the indoor cooling load is lower, like at night and in the morning, the compressor runs slowly, lowering your electric bill. A desuperheater takes the waste heat from your home and uses it to heat water.
When you buy an air conditioner from a reputable and licensed HVAC contractor, the system carries a warranty on the parts. Contractors also provide a guarantee on the installation, so when you’re looking at the cost of a new air conditioner, keep in mind that your electrical bills will go down and your servicing costs will be minimal for the foreseeable future.
Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning has served the San Joaquin Valley for 40 years and can show you how upgrading your air conditioner can pay for itself in increased energy savings and reduced service and maintenance costs.
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