Benefits of New Air Conditioners vs. Older Air Conditioners

You may think that your current air conditioner is working just fine. However, it might be costing you a lot more to run than you think. Don’t forget about the cost increases that you’re going to see as it ages.

If your equipment is more than 10 to 15 years old, planning a replacement is recommended. A new system often comes with outstanding installation and workmanship guarantees. Answering the following questions about your existing air conditioner may help you decide if a replacement is necessary.

Is It Using Environmentally-Friendly Refrigerant?

If your AC system uses R-22 refrigerant, you’re in for a surprise. R-22 has been phased out of the supply chain because it contains chlorine, which damages our atmosphere. It’s no longer made and finding it is becoming increasingly more difficult.

Whether you want to update your air conditioner or not, you’ll eventually be forced to make the change. R-410A is the new industry standard for air conditioning refrigerants.

Does the SEER Rating Measure Up?

Today’s AC units have energy-efficiency ratings that will make you want to update your system. You can tell how efficient a unit is before you install it by checking the SEER rating.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This number identifies the maximum efficiency rating for normal use. A higher number indicates less energy is used to operate the unit. Modern AC compressors are typically rated 13 to 21. Older models dated from 1980 to 2005 typically have ratings anywhere from 6 to 12.

Are You Getting Even Air Distribution?

Modulation technologies are found in many high-efficiency air conditioners. Instead of modulation, some newer models use multiple stages of operation to deliver a more comfortable, even distribution of air. Finding a cold spot in a room is highly unlikely with a new air conditioner. Home cooling technology has improved dramatically. That’s really good news if you’ve been putting up with inconsistent air delivery from an older model.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of installing a new AC system. Our team provides AC installations as well as a full range of other heating and air services. Contact Custom Comfort Air today to request a free installation estimate for your property in the Rosenberg, TX, area.