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With summer here and in full effect, you need to be sure you can rely on your air-conditioning system to keep you comfortable for the remainder of the season. If your HVAC system has been showing its age or seeming less reliable, you should plan to either replace or repair it--but how to decide? By asking yourself the following questions, you can determine the route that’s most cost-efficient and appropriate for you.
How old is my air-conditioning system?
If your cooling equipment is more than ten years old, it needs to be replaced. Many advances have been made in energy-efficient technology, allowing you to achieve the same cooling results with just a fraction of the energy once needed. The savings stemming from your utility bills each month will combine to offset the cost of the new air system. With a air-conditioning system that's older than ten years, any money you pour into repairs only postpones replacing the system—frankly, it will buy you a little bit of time but would be better put towards a new system.
What is my current air-conditioning system’s SEER number?
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is a standard rating used to compare the energy efficiency of various models of air conditioners. All air-conditioning units display their SEER numbers on a label so you can easily compare them. The higher the rating, the more efficiently that air conditioner uses energy to cool a space. Today, manufacturers no longer produce anything with a SEER less than 12; however, the older models still present in many homes may rate as low as SEER 7, which can yield some significant utility bills. By upgrading to a higher-SEER system, you’ll benefit from increased energy efficiency, lower utility bills and fewer repairs.
What size of A/C unit should I have?
An HVAC specialist needs to perform a load calculation on your home to determine the correct size of air-conditioning system for your home’s cooling needs. A system that is too small will be unable to cool your house efficiently, while one that is too large will work inefficiently, and won’t properly dehumidify your air. Incorrectly-sized air conditioners inevitably lead to long-term problems, including an uncomfortable, overly warm house and pricey utility bills.
To determine whether you’re better off replacing or repairing your air-conditioning system, contact Russell's Heating and Coolingtoday. We have proudly served the Hampton Roads area since 1977, and are happy to help you.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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