Repair vs. Replacing Your AC: How to Choose

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If you jump every time your AC turns on because it sounds like a Piper Cub just landed on your roof, that’s a sure sign your air conditioning system is getting long in the tooth.

Replacing your AC equipment vs. repairing it can carry a hefty price tag. However, that old system could be costing you much more in rising energy bills. Heating and cooling engineers have made major technological, energy-saving, environment-friendly advances in recent years, so you may want to consider taking advantage of them.

If your system is more than ten years old, take a good look at the advantages of installing a high-efficiency air conditioning system.

Performance and Efficiency Are Related

Do you know your SEER rating?

Every AC system has a SEER rating (seasonal energy efficiency rating). The higher your system’s SEER rating, the better. The EPA, through its Energy Star program, has set new standards for all modern heating and cooling systems.

Most reputable HVAC companies will recommend a SEER rating of 13 or higher, depending on your region.

Consider, if you’re keeping that old AC alive by constant repairs, and your energy bills are getting higher and higher, a system upgrade might be the way to go.

Over time, a new air conditioning system can pay for itself through big savings on your electric bill.  The AC Doctor offers a free High Efficiency HVAC Savings Calculator app for any homeowner who is serious about cutting back on energy costs.

Tax Credits Help Put Money Back in Your Wallet

There are plenty of tax incentives to help with the cost of replacing your old equipment. In the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, several tax credits were included for homeowners wanting to save on their energy bills.

As a way to reduce the impact of high energy usage on local communities, many states are offering incentives for purchasing energy-saving equipment. Take the time to research tax incentives in your state.

For example, Texas has over 150 policies and incentives for energy saving consumers.  These tax credits could be a key factor in your decision to replace your old system.

A Healthy Happy Home

Your air conditioning system is not only there for your comfort, but it is the foremost factor in the air quality of your home.  An efficient, well-maintained AC system will recirculate the indoor air several times a day, filtering out common indoor pollutants that can negatively impact your health.

Your old central air could be spreading indoor pollutants instead of removing them. If you are constantly dusting and experiencing allergy systems in your home, contact a local HVAC company and request an indoor air quality test.

Not only might you save money each month on your energy bill, but keeping a family stocked up on Zyrtec isn’t cheap either.

Get peace of mind by contacting Bell Plumbing and Heating, the company metro area homeowners have been trusting for over 90 years! 

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