8 Reasons You Should Get a New Air Conditioner
May 31st, 2015 by Brian Starck
It’s summer air conditioning season, and lately there have been some problems with the way your central air system runs. It’s sometimes difficult to know when to spend money on another repair and when it’s time to just purchase a new unit. Here are some reasons to decide that a new unit is really what you need.
Reason #1: Old Age
Air conditioning units more than 10 years old are far less efficient than their newer counterparts and may be costing you more on your utility bills than a new unit would cost over time. An Energy Star-rated unit can save you up to 30% on your cooling costs every year.
Reason #2: Frequent Repairs
If you have had repairs done but the unit still doesn’t seem to work correctly, or if a technician is telling you that costly repairs are necessary for correct functioning, a new unit will give you peace of mind and guarantee that you won’t be paying for one repair after another.
Reason #3: Air Quality
Older air conditioning units can leave the air in your home feeling damp and dusty and even cause a musty smell. Central air units function to dehumidify and filter the air as well as cool it, so an old unit that isn’t working properly is likely to have a negative impact on air quality.
Reason #4: Noise
Central air units that make strange noises when they start running or shut down with clanking and rattling are definitely an indication that the system isn’t functioning the way it should. A trained technician such as those from Thornton Heating Services can check your system and tell you whether you need a minor repair or whether the unit is reaching the end of its useful life.
Reason #5: High Cooling Bills
Many electric bills now give comparisons between the current year’s energy usage and last year’s. If you notice a spike in your energy usage that can’t be attributed to other factors like having more people in the house or new devices that use additional energy, then it’s possible that your central air unit is causing your energy bills to rise due to functioning at a less than optimal level.
Reason #6: Rooms Too Hot or Cold
If there are rooms in your house that are consistently too hot or too cold even though the thermostat is set correctly, your unit may not be working correctly. Duct problems or inadequate insulation could be other causes of uneven temperatures in the house. The technicians at Thornton Heating Services can help you to evaluate your home’s HVAC equipment to find out the cause of these problems and resolve them, whether with a new system, changes to the ductwork, or insulating the ducts or the home itself.
Reason #7: Tax Credits
Incentives are offered for the installation of EnergyStar rated equipment in your home, making it more affordable than ever to replace outdated air conditioning units and start living in comfort for less money than you might think.
Reason #8: No Programmable Thermostat
If your home is empty during the day, a programmable thermostat can be set to adjust the temperature cooler when you are home and warmer when no one is there. Doing this can save 10-30% on cooling costs each year, depending on how the thermostat is set.
Call Thornton Heating Services for all your cooling needs, from a thorough evaluation to replacing your unit with a new, energy efficient model.