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This spring, it’s time to think about your air conditioning unit. Sure, you’re probably not thinking about your AC in the middle of spring, but if you wait until the weather gets warmer and everyone is scrambling to buy A/Cs, you could find yourself with a seriously subpar unit at a super high price (if you can find one at all). So right now—before it’s too late—you should start researching which air conditioner you want for your home. Here are just a few reasons why:
Your air conditioner has a lifespan of between 10 and 15 years, but this can vary depending on the type you own. Most air conditioners last for about 10 years, but some models have been known to last up to 18 years. The most important thing to remember is that all air conditioners are made to last longer than their warranty period.
You can tell the age of your air conditioner by looking at its label. The SEER rating will be on it, and if you have an older model that’s less than 10 SEER, then you should consider replacing it.
A SEER rating measures the cooling efficiency of an air conditioning system over a typical cooling season for homes with average climates. For example, a 12-SEER unit is about 30% more efficient than a 10-SEER unit when both are set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Since newer air conditioners are more energy-efficient than older models, you can save money by replacing your existing unit with a new one. In fact, you may be able to save even more money by making sure your unit is running efficiently.
An old air conditioner that uses more energy than necessary puts you at risk for higher bills. The best way to make sure you aren’t wasting too much power is to schedule a professional inspection from an HVAC technician. After he or she checks out the unit and makes some recommendations for repairs or upgrades, they can give you an estimate on how much you could expect to spend on upgrading your system (and how long it would take).