If your home air conditioning system is not cooling like it used to, it may be time to replace it. The average lifespan of a home cooling system is about 14 years. But, many professionals recommend replacing AC units ten years or older to benefit from the latest advances in technology and energy efficiency. Here are four issues to consider when you are thinking about upgrading your residential air conditioning system.
Older Systems are Less Eco-friendly
In 2003 the EPA began phasing out the coolant R-22, also known as Freon, in favor of the coolant R-410A. This colorless gas has been strongly linked to the breakdown of the ozone layer and the disposal of Freon is now regulated. Currently, Freon is being phased out and the cost of using it has skyrocketed. Depending on a unit that uses this chemical will only cause you problems and cost you money in the long run.
Newer Systems are More Cost Effective
As technology advances, older systems lack the energy efficient features that are commonly built into newer air conditioners. According to the Department of Energy, the most efficient modern air conditioners use up to fifty percent less energy than 1970’s model ACs to produce the same amount of cool air. Look at your utility bills from recent years and if you notice the costs are gradually creeping up, it may be time for a replacement.
Your Family’s Health is Important
Noise and excessive dust are a sure sign of a malfunctioning air conditioner unit or faulty duct work. A failing unit will also cause the home to cool unevenly or become more humid than usual. Mold can develop from leaking water and the system can distribute the spores throughout your home. While for many of us this is simply uncomfortable, babies, seniors and family members with illness or allergies will have more serious problems.
A regular inspection by a qualified HVAC technician will go a long way towards helping you decide if you want to replace your system or not. Contact us to find out how to keep your residential air conditioning system running smoothly. Our considerate employees will work with you to extend the life of your equipment should you decide to keep it.