Air conditioning was once viewed as a luxury but now it’s a staple in more than 75% of homes in the United States. Out of those homes, 90% of homeowners have chosen central air conditioning systems.
AC replacement or installation can end up being costly but many deem the investment “worth it” because it increases the comfort level inside the home. Additionally, modern AC systems are more eco-friendly than their earlier counterparts.
The lifespan of a normal air conditioning system is about 10 to 14 years, sometimes longer if it’s being properly maintained. Central air conditioning systems help filter toxins, improve indoor air quality, reduce humidity, and circulate air.
Warning Signs That You Need An AC Replacement
- Lack of cool air or airflow
- Odd sounds
- Higher-than-average electricity bills
Things To Consider Before You Commit To A New AC
Here are a few key elements to consider before you buy a new air conditioning system for your home or office.
Size Is Important
One of the most recurring issues people face when buying a new AC unit is buying one that is either too small or too large for their home or workspace.
Buy Your AC System From A Reputable Source
To avoid buying an air conditioning system that is wrong for your home or office, make sure you’re communicating with and purchasing from a reputable source.
Take The Compressor Into Consideration
Compressors come in single-stage and two-stage.
Single-stage only runs on high resulting in higher electricity bills and two-stage runs from high to low which leads to lower bills and a more consistent temperature.
The Installation Of The AC Unit
Make sure that your air conditioning system is installed correctly. If it’s not done by someone who knows what they’re doing, it could substantially decrease the AC’s lifespan. You could also end up spending a small fortune trying to get it right.
High-Efficiency Units Are More Expensive—But They’re Worth It
Energy Star reports that over half of the energy used in our homes and offices goes to cooling and heating systems. So, while the initial cost of high-efficiency units is greater, what you save in energy bills makes it worth the investment.
Replacing Your Old Air Conditioning Unit
Installation can take several days to complete. It’s always best to talk to a professional before making any decisions about replacing—or maintaining—your AC system.
According to one study, only 42% of individuals with central AC systems call a professional for annual maintenance check-ups, which resulted in their air conditioning units lasting 40% longer.
If your air conditioning system is 10 years old or more you should consider replacing it rather than repairing it. A new AC system will also increase the resale value of your home.
To Upgrade From A Window Unit Or Not?
Upgrading from a window unit to central air can be daunting budget-wise, but it will benefit you long-term in many ways. In the U.S., the majority of households use central air conditioning. Central air conditioning is more eco-friendly, cost-effective, and healthier as it allows for better air circulation and filtration.
Upgrading also depends on the size of the space you want to cool. If you’re wanting to cool one or two rooms, then a window unit is a way to go. If you like the idea of being able to have total climate-control in your space, you should invest in a central air conditioning system.
For all your air conditioning needs and questions, call Art Plumbing, AC & Electric in Boca Raton—We have all the answers! Contact our Home Comfort Specialists today at 561-391-1048 to schedule your consultation.