With the hot, sticky weather just around the corner many homeowners with older air conditioners are weighing the benefits of buying a new air conditioner versus repair their existing unit. The old saying "if it isn't broken, don't fix it." isn't always so clear cut when it comes to central cooling systems. While that old ac unit may be running just fine, it may be using a lot more energy than new units. The reason is many new air conditioners are variable speed, meaning that instead of just cycling on and off, they can operate at low or high speed depending on demand.
The EPA suggest that homeowners replace their older air conditioner if it's past 10 years old. The reason is new air conditioners are far more efficient that system available a decade ago. How much can you expect to save on your energy bill? With a newer, high efficiency system you could save up to 56% on your cooling costs.
Ultimately, for most homeowners the decision to replace their air conditioner happens when the unit breaks down during a heat wave. By planning ahead and making the decision to install a new air conditioner before the old unit is beyond repair you can avoid the inconvenience and expense of an unexpected repairs while enjoy the cost savings of today's high efficiency air conditioners.
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