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Tips for replacing an air conditioning unit

June, 26th, 2012

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recommends that air conditioning units that are over 10 years old should be replaced. According to this federal energy agency “Energy Star” certified heat pumps and air conditioners offer considerable long-term savings in energy. When you replace your air conditioner that is 10 years old or older you can expect at least a 20% savings in your cooling cost.

You should also consider replacing your air conditioner unit if your air conditioner already needs recurrent repairs and your energy bill is increasing. The unit may not be working efficiently anymore.

Benefits of replacing your air conditioner unit

  • Replacing your air conditioner that is 10 years old and above can cost you money up front but the long-term benefits of savings on your energy bill will offset the upfront cost over time. The high cost of a new good quality and more efficient air conditioner unit can also be reduced by rebates from manufacturers and sometimes from the government.
  • When you buy a new air conditioner, look for a system with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER. Some states and state power give rebates to home owners who replace their air conditioner with a new more efficient unit that has a 14 SEER rating or higher.
  • Check for local programs in your state and region to get the maximum rebate.

Choose an air conditioner unit with high energy efficiency

Seasonal energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER is the gauge of the efficiency of cooling and heating systems. The higher the rating is, the higher also is the efficiency and the lower the energy cost. It is for your benefit therefore if you choose an air conditioner with a higher SEER mark. Your unit will not only be running with high efficiency, you will also save on energy costs.