Is Your Old Air Conditioner Costing You Money?

Is Your Old Air Conditioner Costing You Money?

Is Your Old Air Conditioner Costing You Money?It’s the time of year where we turn our air conditioners on, and may not turn them off for few months. Many homeowners, however, may not realize that their old AC unit could be costing them significantly more money than they think. Most people think they are saving money by using an old AC, instead of spending the money on a new upgraded system.

I’ve replaced hundreds, maybe even thousands of air conditioners, and have seen them in all sorts of conditions. One of the best things I hear is how when I replace an air conditioner, a homeowner not only feels the improvement in comfort, but they also see their energy bills go down!

This article will help you determine if your aging air conditioner is draining your finances and the show you some of the benefits of investing in a new, energy-efficient model.

How Old Is Your AC?

The age of your air conditioner plays a critical role in its efficiency and performance. If you have an old system, your air conditioner likely has lost efficiency over the years of use. The technology of air conditioners has also vastly improved in the past 12-20 years. This means that if you have an older model, not only is the efficiency likely deteriorating, but it probably wasn’t designed as efficiently as newer models.

Older AC systems also use R-22, or Freon. The US has since stopped production and importing the refrigerant in 2020, which makes it increasingly expensive. The truth is Freon is detrimental to the ozone and the environment. This effort to use more environmentally friendly refrigerants like Puron has meant that newer AC systems also are phasing out the use of R-22. If your AC is older than 10 years, it could be time to start thinking about a replacement.

Does Your AC Need Repairs?

10 Tips To Keep Cool During A Heat WaveFrequent repairs are a clear sign that your air conditioner is nearing the end of its lifespan. While occasional maintenance is expected, consistent issues such as refrigerant leaks, failing motors, and broken components can add up in terms of repair costs. If your system needs repairs year after year, it may be time to consider a replacement instead of pouring more money into the problem. It’s the same principle with an old car that keeps breaking down.

Not only are repairs a financial burden, but they also make your home uncomfortable for a period of time when your AC isn’t working right! If it’s a hot day and your air conditioner isn’t getting the job done, what good is it? If your AC is breaking down regularly, consider a new system!

Are Your Energy Bills Unusually High?

One of the most telling signs that your air conditioner is costing you more money than necessary is a significant increase in your energy bills. As AC units age, they lose efficiency and require more energy to cool your home. This can result in higher electricity consumption and, consequently, increased utility bills.

Comparing your current energy bills with those from previous years can help identify any unusual spikes in usage. If your energy consumption has noticeably increased without a corresponding increase in cooling needs, your AC unit may be to blame. Additionally, older units may have lower Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER), meaning they use more energy to produce the same amount of cooling as newer, more efficient models.

Some energy companies will give you the comparison between your energy use, and that of your neighbors. If you are using far more electricity than your neighbors’ homes, there could be an issue with your air conditioner.

How Replacing Your AC Can Save Money

Investing in a new air conditioner may seem like a significant expense, but the long-term savings and benefits often outweigh the initial cost. Here’s how replacing your old AC can save you money and improve your home’s comfort.

Lower Energy Bills

Better Energy Efficiency Means Lower Energy BillsNew air conditioning systems are designed to be more energy-efficient, often featuring higher SEER ratings. SEER ratings measure the cooling output of an air conditioner relative to its energy consumption. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit. Modern AC units typically have SEER ratings of 14 or higher, compared to older models that may have ratings as low as 8 or 10.

By upgrading to a new, high-efficiency air conditioner, you can significantly reduce your energy consumption and lower your monthly utility bills. The initial investment in a new unit can often be recouped within a few years through these energy savings alone, all while having improved comfort in your home.

Fewer Breakdowns

You are far less likely to experience AC issues with a brand new new air conditioner. A lot of AC problems stem from wear and tear, and simply getting too old. Modern AC units are built with improved materials and technology, resulting in greater reliability and durability. With fewer components failing, you can avoid the inconvenience and expense of regular repairs.

Additionally, many new air conditioners come with extended warranties, providing peace of mind and protection against unexpected repair costs. Most times these come with the requirement of scheduling AC service with a professional. This is the best way to get the most out of your AC, and also avoid repairs!

Better Cooling With A New AC

A new air conditioner can provide better and more consistent cooling compared to an older unit. The newer systems have improved filtration, sensors, and technology. Not only are you likely going to start saving money on energy bills, but the air in your home is going to be more cool and comfortable.

Advanced filtration also means better air quality. This will help filter out allergens, bacteria, and other airborne irritants.

Improve Your Air Conditioning In Ardmore, PA

If you are trying to improve the cooling in your home or business, give John Cipollone Inc. a call. We are AC Service and Repair experts here in Ardmore, and in the surrounding areas.  We can help you with service for your current AC, or upgrade to a new energy efficient unit. Give us a call at (610) 446-7877, or visit us online to schedule a free air conditioning estimate!

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