Like a car and home heating system, after many years a central AC system eventually reaches a point where it has to be replaced. If you notice one or more of these signs with your current central AC system, it may be time to upgrade to a new, more energy-efficient model.
- Are your summer AC bills going up? – Heating and cooling costs should account for roughly 44% of utility costs. If you’re paying more than that and haven’t changed your home’s square footage or how you use your AC, it could mean your central AC system is struggling to operate effectively. Also, if you’re spending more on AC repairs every year, it’s time to think about how those repairs add up compared to installing a new, energy-efficient AC system that will also help you save on energy costs.
- Is your central AC running louder than before? – If so, it could indicate that there is a problem with the system’s indoor coil or that the duct system isn’t large enough to cool the square footage of your home.
- Is there dust buildup in your home? – This could indicate leaks in the central AC system’s ductwork, which compromise its efficiency, ultimately leading to rising operating costs.
- Notice inconsistent cooling and humidity levels in your home? – If your central AC system is working properly, it should be removing humidity from the air while maintaining a consistent temperature throughout the home. If you notice inconsistent cooling or humidity levels in various areas of your home, it’s a sign that it’s time to upgrade to a new unit.
- What age is your central AC system? – Most systems have a lifespan of 10-15 years but if your system is 10 years or older, it might be smart to consider getting it replaced rather than dealing with potentially, ever-growing system repairs. Since January 2020, R22 (a refrigerant in older AC systems) is no longer available. So, if you have an older AC system that uses R22, you may not be able to source any to replace it. Installing a new AC system will resolve this issue as all new central AC systems now function using a greener refrigerant which releases fewer carbon emissions.
While the initial cost of installing a new central AC system may seem high, the long-term benefits and savings will ultimately pay off over time. It’s also a great investment in probably your most valuable asset – your home. If you notice any of the above issues with your central AC system, consider replacing yours with a new, more energy-efficient model sooner rather than later.
Your local Hoffman Energy team is here to help with any of your new central AC system questions and will get it installed fast to help you save on energy costs. Contact us today to learn more about our AC systems and services>