We all love summer. This is considerably the best time to dive into the pool during hot summer days, and even enjoy cool comfortable nights at home, thanks to the air conditioner. The fun can, however, halt to a stop if the air conditioning system cannot keep up with the strain of increased humidity and heat and may prompt the need for an HVAC contractor.
According to research, 22% of electricity consumed by the average American household goes to air conditioning alone. This means the homeowner has to pay around $120 per month for cooling alone. This depends on the type of energy used, size of the house, and how big or small the air conditioner is.
Switching from the old HVAC system to a newer one can however reduce your homes energy consumption on heating and air conditioning. The newer systems are more energy efficient and efficient enough to keep your home cool and comfortable through the summer season. Outlined below are five solid reasons why you should consider an upgrade.
1. To Save Money
Switching to a newer air conditioner could see you save more energy than before. These more modern systems use up less energy while delivering the same, if not better, results than a 10-year old air conditioner. Several factors will affect how well the air conditioner will work in your home. These include the quality of your home’s insulation, shading, size of the HVAC system, and thermostat settings.
The air conditioner is one of the most power-hungry appliances in every home. As mentioned earlier, about 20% of your energy usage goes to powering the HVAC system. That said, upgrading to a newer, more energy efficient air conditioner can see you save lots of money in the long run. According to research, today’s HVAC systems are 20 – 40% more efficient than those manufactured a decade ago.
2. To Give Your Property a Value Boost
Adding an upgraded central air conditioning system to your property can help increase your property value by up to 12 percent. This is according to data collected by the National Association of Realtors. Be sure to go for a newer, more energy efficient system when shopping for one. Whether planning to sell a home or not, investing in an upgrade will give your property a value boost. Your home will also stand out from other homes in the neighborhood.
3. Cleaner Fresher Air for All
Some of the best and newer air conditioning systems on the market today are equipped with features that promote improved movement of air throughout the house. Variable speed motors make it possible to create even temperature in all rooms – this means no more hot or cold corners in the house.
These air conditioners come with advanced air filtration systems. These come in handy in preventing mold growth, removing dust, and getting rid of excess moisture in the air. Such a feature is beneficial particularly to asthmatic individuals and those with dust allergies.
4. A Quieter Home
Identifying the ideal air conditioner for your home isn’t always an easy task. Among other factors, the size of the HVAC system should match the house for better performance and efficiency. Factors such as weatherization of doors and windows, insulation, proper air, and duct sealing, square footage, and climate can affect how well the system works. Ensuring all these are just right, facilitates the smoother and quieter running of the HVAC system.
According to research (EPA), inferior duct and air sealing can force you to invest in oversized HVAC systems just to meet your home’s demand for cooling and heating. If the system is too big for your home, it then means it will have more frequent short-cycles hence higher noise levels. Short-cycles also means the fans come on and off increasing blower noises including wear and tear. Better air and duct sealing mean you won’t need too-big a system to keep your home comfortable. The HVAC system will run quietly and at its optimal levels for longer without breaking down.
Climate and your home’s square footage affects how well the system will perform as well. For instance, a small air conditioner will struggle to keep the house cool and fresh, while one that’s too big will only waste energy in the process. That said, you need to invest in the right-sized HVAC system for improved performance and efficiency.
5. Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Restrictions on carbon gas emissions are tighter than before. That said, manufacturers are required to ensure all their HVAC systems abide by the set standards. Energy Star rated systems are 15% more energy efficient than the regular unrated ones. These appliances are readily available to all homeowners, thanks to financing by PACE (property assessed clean energy) programs.
The best thing about Energy Star rated HVAC models is that the information and rating are available to all consumers. You can see estimates of how much the unit will cost to run. Going for an upgraded system, therefore, means increased efficiency, durability, and lower energy bills. Some systems can also be controlled remotely via an app installed on a computer or smartphone. They can also be programmed to heat or cool select parts of the house at set times.
From the facts and benefits outlined above, it is evident that you will benefit more from an upgraded HVAC system. It is not only more affordable to run but also safe for your family. Proper servicing and maintenance are also required to ensure the systems run efficiently without breaking in the middle of summer. Make the first step to improving air quality in your home and its value by going for an upgrade today.
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