If your new year’s resolution for 2017 is to save money, you should consider upgrading your AC system. The longer you’ve had your air conditioner, the more money you are wasting annually on energy costs. The average lifespan of a central air system is about 16 years. And your air conditioner will only last that long with routine preventative maintenance.
Even if your central AC system is still a few years away from the end of its lifespan, chances are you’re spending a ton of extra money on your utility bills. Experts at energy.gov say,
“Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.”
So now that you’ve decided you need a new a/c, how do you know which one to buy? Here’s a brief buyer’s guide for air conditioners.
Ductless vs central air?
A ductless air conditioning system is an outside unit paired with indoor units mounted on the wall. Ductless mini-split air conditioners have
many advantages. Average monthly energy costs are considerably lower with ductless air conditioners. This is mainly because without ducts you avoid a/c loss from duct leaks in the attic. Plus, ductless systems offer greater flexibility. Indoor units can be installed in a variety of ways and at greater lengths from outdoor units, and temperatures can be adjusted for each section of your home. Here’s a little more info on ductless systems from the best manufacturers in the business – Daikin.
On the other hand, installation and initial costs are considerably lower for a central air system. Ductless systems cost an average of $1,500-$2,000 per ton, whereas central a/c units only cost $1,000 per ton. Plus, you can’t see the air conditioner inside your home if you have a traditional split-system or packaged unit central air conditioner. Ductless units are visible inside and often difficult for a/c companies to determine which size is best for your home. (Unless you contact the experts at Advanced Air & Heat to recommend the best ductless a/c unit for each section of your home, of course.) In Florida, residential homes typically have packaged central air (where the a/c and heater are all-in-one), which are easier to maintain and operate.
Pay attention to the SEER rating
When buying a new a/c unit, the most important factor is the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER rating. A higher SEER rating means higher energy efficiency, which means a lower electric bill. Plus, the higher SEER rating ACs include tax rebates, so these ac units will save you even more money. The SEER rating indicates the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home. Older air conditioners have an average SEER rating of 6 to 9, but the standard for newer AC units is 15-16. State law now requires a minimum SEER value of 13 for all new AC units, both ductless and split-system central air conditioners. Click here for more information on energy efficiency standards and SEER values.
If the A/C doesn’t have an ENERGY STAR label, don’t buy it.
Energy Star products exceed the federal minimum standards and perform at the best levels for energy efficiency and product lifetime. If a product does not have an ENERGY STAR logo, it does not meet the federal requirements for efficiency and quality. All air conditioner and heat pump products installed by Advanced Air & Heat are guaranteed Energy Star qualified.
While new model AC units are required to have better energy standards, they are not necessarily made to last. Warranties are important for you air conditioner, especially for those hot Florida summers when your AC gets a lot of use. Take note of the manufacturer warranty on different ac models and also your AC company’s warranty on installation and parts. A top AC company like Advanced Air & Heat guarantees a 12-year parts warranty. Plus, Advanced Air & Heat only sells products made by industry-leading manufacturers like Daikin Comfort Pro. A solid air conditioner warranty will save money if your central air or ductless system needs a repair.
Make your home Smarter
One of the latest advances in smart technology is a smart air conditioning. A smart ac has features that automatically change the ac or heat levels depending on movement or room temperature. For instance, a ductless heating and cooling system senses movement to adjust to energy-saver settings when no one is in the room. Also, the ac units are constantly monitoring the room temperature to maintain comfort.
Central air conditioners also offer smart technology with smart thermostats. A smart thermostat allows you to change the temperature in your home from anywhere using your cell phone. And smart thermostats record your preferred temperature settings to create a personalized schedule, so you don’t have to worry about programming it. They also have motion sensing technology to change the temperature to the energy-saver mode when you leave your home. A leading brand for smart thermostats is Nest.
Your air conditioner is one of the most important parts of your home. It completely controls your family’s comfort. If your electric bill is high every month or you haven’t upgraded your AC in a few years, it’s time to get a new air conditioner. It’s important to know the right size and style for your budget and to fit your home, so contact the A/C experts to help find out what’s best for you. Call the best air conditioner company in New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, Deltona, and Deland – Advanced Air & Heat 386-478-7302.