MUST-HAVE FACTS WHEN UPGRADING YOUR AC SYSTEM
When is it time to upgrade your AC system? The answer: it depends. But if your system is older than a decade, it makes sense to talk with an HVAC professional to weigh your options. Our team can help you navigate the process, but here are a few key facts to help you:
- Know your system’s SEER “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” (SEER) measures the efficiency of an A/C system. The higher the SEER rating for an A/C system, the more efficient it is. Air conditioning systems manufactured today may carry as SEER of 20 or higher, while older systems may have a SEER of 10 or even lower. If your current A/C system is 10+ years old, you could save up to 50% — or more — on your energy bills by replacing it with a high-efficiency model.
- Get a pro to evaluate an older system If your system is 10 years old, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recommends evaluation by a qualified contractor. New HVAC equipment offers technology that provides increased efficiency, lower utility bills, better air quality and a more consistent temperature throughout your home. When you get an evaluation from one of the Jerome H. Rhoads companies, you’re working with a team that has sized and installed hundreds of systems. Experience with a variety of brands and situations enables a contractor to choose the best solution for your home.
- When you upgrade, ask for savings There’s no doubt that newer A/C systems outperform old systems by a wide margin. But despite the advantages of replacement, many homeowners put off installing new equipment because of the initial expense. If you’re thinking about upgrading, keep in mind that replacing an older unit is an investment that may actually pay for itself through increased energy efficiency. Also, ask about manufacturer rebates, utility rebates, financing offers and other savings options — a reputable provider should be able to help.