When to Replace Your Central AC
If your AC system is 5 to 7 years old, even if it is still working, replacing it with a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® unit could see your investment paid back in just a few cooling seasons. Air conditioners, along with furnaces and heat pumps, have become much more efficient in the last few years. If your system is costing you regularly in repair bills, it’s worth your while to look at a high-efficiency replacement.
Benefits of High-Efficiency Air Conditioners
When you start shopping for a replacement air conditioner, you’ll see these two sets of letters: EER and SEER. They both refer to how efficient an air conditioner is, and in both cases, the higher the number, the better the energy savings.
- EER stands for Energy Efficiency Rating, which is the amount of energy output to provide cooling divided by the amount of power it uses.
- SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating and it is the average EER over a cooling season.
Air conditioning units in the US are required to have a SEER of 13.0 or better. Carrier offers systems that can achieve a SEER of 20.0 or better. In addition, the type of blower motor in an AC unit affects how efficient it is. Variable speed motors reduce the amount of electricity required to run the unit by matching the fan speed to the cooling demand.
As with all things, the higher the efficiency of an air conditioner, the more sophisticated it is, with the result being a higher price tag. However, high-efficiency cooling systems also come with lower utility costs, so your initial outlay can be paid back in only a few seasons. The system will continue to save you money on your cooling energy bill well into the future.
Funding your AC Upgrade
At AAA Northgate, we understand the challenge of paying for a new system. That’s why we offer financing on our full line of Carrier air conditioners for homeowners across Peoria.
If you plan on financing the purchase, the monthly savings on your utility bill should be considered when determining the actual monthly cost of replacing a system. The offsetting savings may permit you to purchase a more efficient system.
Working with AAA Northgate
We know high-efficiency cooling. You can trust that when we give you an estimate on a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® Carrier replacement air conditioning unit, we’ll have already done our homework and checked out your existing systems during our free in-home consultation.
Why do we check out your existing system? It’s crucial to match the capacity of units when replacing either the outdoor condensing unit or the indoor coil. If these two components don’t match up, you may not get the stated SEER rating out of the system. You could even experience performance problems with the system.
Depending on your system and its age, it may be in your best interest to change out both the indoor and outdoor units to make sure that your replacement system operates at peak performance and has the longest life span possible.
At AAA Northgate, we’ll work with you to determine the best system for your budget, whether you are a homeowner, manage a multi-family complex or run a commercial enterprise.
Call today to book your free estimate on Carrier replacement air conditioning units for Central Illinois!