6 Things to Consider Before You Replace Your AC Unit
If your air conditioning unit is on the fritz, it might be time to consider an AC replacement, so you don’t find yourself without cooling during the hottest part of summer. However, before you plunge into the world of replacing your AC, Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers these 6 factors to consider to ensure you’re making a smart investment for your comfort and budget.
1. Age & Efficiency of Your Current AC
As a rule of thumb, if your AC unit is over 15 years old, it’s generally more cost-effective to replace it than repair it. Older units also tend to be less energy efficient, causing higher energy bills.
2. Evaluate Your Current & Future Needs
Your cooling needs may have changed since you first installed your AC. Maybe your family has grown, or you’ve added rooms to your home. Your AC unit size should be appropriate for your home’s size for efficient cooling. Also, consider any potential lifestyle changes, like working from home, that may alter your cooling needs.
3. Energy Efficiency
Air conditioning units have come a long way in terms of energy efficiency. When looking for a new unit, consider its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. Although higher SEER units can be more expensive upfront, they could save you money in the long run through lower energy bills.
AC installation isn’t a DIY project. It requires professional technicians such as those employed by Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for proper installation and future maintenance. The cost of installation should be considered along with the price of the unit itself. Rest assured, Kotz has the expertise to complete your AC replacement. You’ll be happy to be part of the Kotz family of satisfied customers.
5. Future Maintenance and Costs
Before buying, investigate the maintenance needs and costs associated with the units you’re considering. Some models may require more frequent maintenance, which adds to their lifetime cost. One of Kotz’s trained Comfort Specialists will assess your current situation and provide options from which you can choose to best meet your needs and budget.
6. Smart Features
Many modern AC units come with smart features, like Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling you to control your AC from a smartphone or integrate it with a smart home system. If these features align with your lifestyle and comfort, they’re worth considering.