With summer already blazing in northwest Arkansas, you need to know you can rely on your cooling equipment at all times. If yours has recently failed, you may be wrestling with the decision of trying to get it repaired or replacing it altogether. Ask yourself these questions when you are trying to determine which would be more cost-effective.
How Old is the Current Cooling Equipment?
If your system is over 10 years old, you need to replace it. Newer systems can achieve the same level of comfort using much less energy. Money invested in repairing a system this old will keep it running for only a short time longer. Your money is better spent on a new, more efficient system. The cost will also be offset by the savings you see in your monthly utility bills.
What is the Cooling Equipment’s SEER?
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is how all air conditioners are compared. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. Manufacturers no longer make anything with a rating below 12, but older systems may be as low as 7.
What Size Unit?
A load calculation is imperative when you do a load calculation. An HVAC professional will determine how much energy your home requires to be properly cooled. This information will allow him to recommend several models that are ideal for your home.
Some homeowners try to skip this step and use the size of their current systems. This is unwise, as your system may have been improperly sized to begin with. In addition, you may have added insulation since getting your present air conditioner, and this changes the amount of energy required.
For more help with your immediate cooling needs, contact Paschal Heating, Air & Geothermal. We can help get your home comfortable again in no time. We have proudly served all of northwest Arkansas and the surrounding communities for over 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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