Is it Time to Upgrade your Air Conditioner?

The decision to upgrade your air conditioning system isn’t an easy one to make. Like most Charlotte NC home and business owners, your budget is probably the primary concern when it comes to such an important purchase. Fortunately, there are easy ways to reduce the cost of putting in a new air conditioner. Some of these include tax credits, dealer financing and manufacturer rebates. Before making the final decision to upgrade, you also need to consider several other factors.

When Is It Time to Replace Your Current Air Conditioner?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that residential and commercial property owners consider replacing HVAC equipment that was manufactured prior to 2000. The reason is there were no minimum standards in place before that time to ensure energy efficiency. Even if your older unit still runs well, it could be costing you nearly twice as much to operate every month as a newer system.

Analyzing repair costs and utility bills is a simple way to determine the energy efficiency of your current air conditioning system. If your repairs are getting more frequent and costly, this is a sure sign that the unit has become inefficient. The same can be said for rising utility bills. If the utility company didn’t significantly raise its rates, your costs should remain consistent. A pattern of increased monthly costs indicates that your air conditioning unit has to work harder to produce the same result.

An inefficient air conditioning system distributes cool air unevenly throughout a dwelling. You may notice that some rooms are too hot and others are too cold. Excess humidity is another sign that your air conditioning unit is not operating efficiently. If a service technician can’t repair the leaky ductwork coming from your HVAC system, consider replacing it instead. Additionally, a noisy air conditioning unit may be the result of a duct system that is too small and should be replaced.

Choosing Your New Air Conditioning System

Our company has been providing air conditioning installation and other HVAC services for more than 30 years. We serve both residential and commercial customers in Harrisburg and the Charlotte metropolitan area. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we have demonstrated our commitment to quality and complete customer satisfaction. We encourage you to work with an installation specialist to find the right new Carrier system to meet your needs. For the best results, make sure that you choose a unit with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 13 or higher. All Temp Co. Inc. has several models available that exceed this minimum requirement of the EPA. Please give us a call for more details.

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