An air conditioner is typically the single most expensive appliance in a home, both in terms of its installation cost and its consumption of electricity. As a unit gets older, it might become more costly, because the refrigerant is no longer manufactured or because the pump is worn. Most air conditioners can be maintained for decades, but they gradually become outclassed by newer models. Count on our company for residential AC replacement.
Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of an HVAC unit for many years. It cannot improve its efficiency, because this is determined by the pump and the configuration of the pipes that transfer heat from the refrigerant to the outside air. While aging pumps can be replaced, the refrigerant type and the efficiency of the coils cannot be changed.
Some old refrigerants, such as chlorofluorocarbons, are no longer manufactured because of environmental concerns. While installed air conditioners using CFCs do not have to be replaced, there is no alternative refrigerant that can replace CFC in these units. Old refrigerant must be recycled, making it expensive. While new units are costly, the total savings could pay back the installation in a few years.
Many homes save money by adding new insulation. This strategy is effective to a point, because heat is still lost through windows. A larger house will still lose considerable heat every hour, and newer AC units are vastly more efficient at cooling and heating larger homes.
Since winter heating can be provided by furnaces, it really is summer that kills energy budgets. Home can only be cooled by using refrigeration, and this where a brand new HVAC unit shines. It is quieter, uses less electricity, and will be less expensive to maintain as the years roll past. Expert residential AC replacement will be executed quickly and painlessly.