While the summer heat may be a welcome arrival, there’s no denying that you’ve likely seen a spike in your electricity bills. It shouldn’t be a surprise since air conditioners can consume a lot of power, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune.
By upgrading your AC unit, you can reduce your monthly expenses, which may save you money in the long run. Plus, Sam’s Club Members get a 10% discount off fair market value estimate*, so you can save money right away.
If you’re thinking about making a switch, consider the following before you decide.
The age of your air conditioner
Most air conditioners last about 20 years. If you’ve had yours for more than 10 years, you’re already more than halfway through its lifespan. You may soon be getting to the point where regular maintenance is getting expensive. By switching to a new high-quality unit, you’ll be able to save money on repairs.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
Every air conditioner’s energy usage is rated by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), which is found by looking at the Energy Guide sticker on the unit. The higher the SEER, the more efficient it is at cooling a home.
It’s not uncommon to see older units rated in the single digits, but now all air conditioners have a minimum SEER requirement of 13. Upgrading your air conditioner to one with a higher SEER could reduce your monthly power consumption.
Your property value
You may not be moving anytime soon, but having a new and energy-efficient air conditioner may increase your home's value. Homebuyers will compare your house to others on the market so you can give yourself a potential advantage. Even if it’s no longer new, if you do decide to move, people will definitely notice that you have air conditioning over homes that don’t.
The type of system for your home
Although getting a unit with a high SEER may seem like the obvious thing to do, it may not make sense for your home. You want to choose a unit that’s exactly right for your space. Also, you need to choose between a split system and a packaged unit. Both have their pros and cons, which could affect how much you save.
Using automation to maximize your space
Purchasing a unit that comes with a zoned system and programmable thermostat can be advantageous to maximizing efficiency. For example, if you live in a house with two floors, you could set your system to cool just the bottom floor during the day. You can also program your thermostat so it's off while you’re out of your home for work. Not only will this reduce the amount of electricity you use, but it’ll create less wear and tear on your air conditioner, which will prolong its life.
How much it’ll save you
The amount you’ll save depends on various factors, including where you live, the size of your home, the new AC unit you decide on, and more. Once you book a free consultation with Home Install Experts™, we’ll provide you with a cost estimate based on your decision and what you could potentially save. Don’t forget, Sam’s Club Members get a 10% discount off fair market value estimate*.