Does Upgrading Your AC Unit Actually Save You Money?

Did you know that upgrading your air conditioning unit may actually save you money? Consider these indicators of future air conditioner savings: How often does a repair technician have to come and fix or maintain your system? How high is your utility bill? If both of those numbers are very high, then you could save money by having a new air conditioner installed.

Save Money & Energy

A new model of air conditioner will be more energy efficient. Air conditioners are evaluated on their energy usage with what is called the SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioner is when cooling a home.

All ground unit air conditioners in the United States, since 2005, are required to have a minimum SEER of 13. You can see the SEER rating for your unit by looking at the Energy Guide sticker on your air conditioning unit. It is not uncommon for an older air conditioner to have a SEER in the single digits.

If you have an air conditioner with a SEER of nine and replace it with a SEER 13 (the minimum SEER rating allowed by law) you would reduce your power consumption by more than 25% when using the air conditioner.

If you went from a SEER of nine to a SEER of 16, you would improve your air conditioner efficiency by 49%. Now that’s even more impressive!

You can see that it would not take long for a new air conditioner to pay for itself just through the vastly reduced energy consumption. And, you can buy an air conditioner with a SEER over 20 for maximum efficiency!

Coupled with fewer repair calls, parts, and emergency service calls, your savings can add up more quickly than you might think for piece of machinery that should last 30 years.

Other Benefits

In addition to saving money, include improved airflow and healthier air. A new system can do a better job than an old system of controlling dirt, pollen, dander, dust, and other common debris that no one wants to inhale.

Jco Heating & Air Conditioning is your air conditioning and furnace provider in the Springfield area. We proudly provide reliable heating and cooling repairs throughout the Lane County area. Contact us today!