If you’re living in an older home with an old Air Conditioning unit, you will want to consider replacing your air conditioner with a newer model for many reasons. If your air conditioning unit is 10 years or older, you could be saving anywhere form 20% to 50% on your utility bills with a more efficient unit. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will go into detail as to why even the Department of Energy strongly encourages homeowners to upgrade their air conditioning and how to do it properly.
Environment Friendly Air Conditioners
Most people, to help save money on central air conditioning and especially if they are living in an older house, will switch to room or window air conditioners. If you’re trying to beat the cost an old air conditioner this is true, but only to a very small extent. Window air conditioners aren’t very efficient compared to modern air conditioning units. Most people that have working air conditioners won’t consider replacing a unit due to the cost. However, older units use around or over 2,000 kilowatts-per-hour within a single year which equals about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 30 pounds of sulfur dioxide that is released into our atmosphere. Modern units reduce these numbers by half. Not only do older units cost the homeowner more, it adds more pollutants into our environment. The Department of Energy is working to correct this problem. There are several answers to this problem and one is creating better and more efficient air conditioners.
Replacing Home AC Compressor & Upgrading Duct Work
For those wanting to help both their wallet and the environment, there are a few options, especially for those who can’t quite afford to replace an old working air conditioner. For those who can’t afford to replace their entire air conditioning system, you may want to consider just replacing your unit’s outdoor compressor. You won’t have the same amount of efficiency as if you replaced your entire unit, but replacing the compressor with a more efficient one is a good start towards savings. Depending on the age of your unit, replacing the compressor may or may not be an option. For those who want to replace their entire air conditioning system for a modern and efficient unit, there are some other considerations. The duct work may need to be replaced or rerouted as well to help improve the unit’s efficiency. Older home air duct designs weren’t installed with the same understanding as more modern homes.
What Size Central Air Conditioner Do I Need?
Another consideration is getting the proper size air conditioning unit. Some believe they need a bigger unit than what their home requires to cool the inside down more efficiently. If your unit is too big, it may take less effort to cool the inside air, but it struggles to control the humidity. Therefore, in the end your unit is working harder to control the humidity which doesn’t truly result in any kind of savings. If you get a unit too small, your unit will again work harder to achieve the desired temperatures. Another major factor is placement of the air conditioning unit. Again, older homes weren’t built with energy efficiency in mind. Sometimes the placement of the air conditioner, regardless if you have a newer model or not, needs to be in the most efficient place.
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If you’re just now beginning to shop around for a new air conditioning unit, be sure to check the SEER rating (seasonal energy efficient ratio). Don’t get a unit with a 5 or lower rating. Look for a rating that is 6 or more for optimal efficiency. If you need more advice or help in replacing your old air conditioning unit, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.