If you are still on the fence about whether or not to invest in a new air conditioning system before the hottest weather of the year arrives, you are starting to run low on time. Ideally, you will have your brand new AC system installed and running by the time you really need it. That may not be just yet, but the real heat of the summer season does have a way of sneaking up on us.
Of course, we completely understand that this is a big decision to make. For most homeowners, the expense of a new cooling system is a major investment. You also want to ensure that you get the best return possible on the investment that you’ve already made in your existing air conditioning system. Here are a few points to consider if you’re thinking about an air conditioning replacement in Vandalia, OH.
When Is Replacement a Good Option?
A lot of people think that they should just run their air conditioners into the ground and let them break down entirely before investing in a new system. What these people frequently learn, though, is that an ailing air conditioner is most likely to do just that just when you need it most. It makes sense that a struggling AC will finally give out when it is working its hardest. That is why a more proactive approach is recommended. Take these points into consideration if you are starting to question your AC’s future.
- System age. This is a big one, but it is also a hotly contested category. All air conditioners, just like any other mechanical system, have finite lifespans. Refer to the literature that came with your system — or look it up online — to get an idea of how long you can expect it to last. Now, your system may well last loner than expected. However, you should take its age into account if it is at or beyond this projected lifespan. Replacing now and letting the system end on a positive note may make the most sense.
- Energy efficiency. If you are paying too much to cool your home, investing in a newer and more efficient air conditioning system is a great way to save money in the long term. Older systems will often become less efficient as their age progresses, or may simply have been manufactured with efficiency expectations lower than what we’ve come to accept as standard today. You may also have invested in a less efficient system at the time of purchase to save some money. Long term efficiency is worth initial investment capital.
- Overall satisfaction. We cannot stress this enough. If you are not completely satisfied with the overall performance of your home cooling system, then you have enough cause for replacing that system. It may seem unnecessary to replace a functional air conditioner just because it’s not suiting your needs, but an improperly sized system that doesn’t function excellently or a system that is not of a design that you’d choose is always going to come up short.
Contact Home Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to discuss your AC replacement options.