It’s ironic how we spend more time outdoors during the summer than any other season, and yet, many families see their homes’ energy costs skyrocket once the weather starts heating up.
It doesn’t have to be that way. With an upgraded air conditioning unit, you can lower your monthly energy bills and enjoy considerable savings over the long term.
AC and other HVAC services also come with a 10% Discount Off Everyday Dealer Pricing* for Sam’s Club Members, enabling you to save even more money right off the bat.
On the fence about upgrading your air conditioner? Consider the following factors:
Age of your air conditioning unit
The expected lifespan of most AC units is roughly 20 years. However, maintenance costs tend to rise substantially about halfway through that lifespan, as units on the older side will require more attention and are more likely to need repairs.
If your air conditioner is approaching the 10-year mark, upgrading to a more modern unit can reduce your recurring maintenance costs.
The air conditioner’s SEER rating
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is an industry-standard metric for measuring an AC unit’s efficiency. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit is. All air conditioners should have a SEER rating listed on the unit’s Energy Guide sticker.
Older units tend to have lower ratings, including even single-digit ratings for the most dated models. However, the current minimum SEER requirement for new models is 13. Finding a high-SEER upgrade for your AC unit can benefit both your wallet and the environment!
Property value impact
If you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, upgrading an old air conditioner to a modern, energy-efficient unit can considerably increase your property value. The quality and efficiency of your AC unit can also give you an edge over similar properties that homebuyers may be comparing to yours as they narrow their options.
The last thing a potential buyer wants is to buy a home with an AC unit that’s on its last leg.
Best fit for your home
While it’s generally ideal to target a unit with as high a SEER rating as possible, every home and family has unique needs. Your main priority is finding the right air conditioner for your space. For example, be sure to ask your contractor about the pros and cons of a split system vs. a packaged unit.
Efficiency and automation
You can make the most of your space with an upgraded AC unit that includes zoned cooling options and a programmable thermostat.
If certain rooms in your home tend to get hotter than others during the summer, the system could be programmed to provide extra cooling to those areas during the daytime. You could also program your thermostat to turn off while you are at work. An automated system can reduce your energy costs and limit wear-and-tear of the unit.
How much could you save with an upgrade?
The extent of your savings will vary depending on many factors, including the region in which you live, the size and layout of your home, the unit you ultimately decide on, and more. Book a free consultation so we can provide you with a cost estimate based on your needs and preferences.