Benefits of an air conditioner replacement
- Higher efficiency: The efficiency of a cooling system is measured by its seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER. This ratio tells you how much energy a cooling system uses to cool your entire house. A highly efficient system will have a high SEER. If your existing system is 8 to 10 years old, its SEER is probably between 6 and 10. Today, newer cooling systems are Energy Star-certified with a minimum SEER of 13 and some as high as 23. Depending on your current air conditioner, you could possibly decrease your energy use from 28 to 56 percent.
- Lower utility costs: There’s a caveat with air conditioners with a high SEER: you’ll pay more up front for a system with a higher SEER. However, when you replace your old air conditioner with a high-efficiency air conditioner, you can decrease your utility costs in the long run.
- Improved comfort: With a newer air conditioner, you can enjoy continuously even temperatures throughout your home.
- Enhanced air quality: Newer air conditioners have improved humidity controls. As a result, a newer system can better control the climate inside your home and decrease the amount of indoor pollutants.
- Maximize energy tax credits: An air conditioner replacement can save you more money at tax time. The American Tax Relief Act of 2012 extends tax credits on high efficiency heating and cooling systems bought and installed from the beginning of 2012 through the end of 2013. It’s possible to regain up to 30 percent of the cost of a high efficiency cooling system.
- Eco-friendly refrigerant: Most new cooling systems use the EPA approved, chlorine-free refrigerant R-410A rather than the ozone-depleting R-22, which is currently being phased out.
For more information about air conditioner replacement, contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve proudly served the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.
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