What to Look for in a Replacement AC or Upgrade

If your home is no longer feeling as cool as it used to when the AC is on, maybe it is time for you to replace it. No matter what reasons you have for replacing your AC system, always think of it as more of an upgrade than just a replacement. When you think of it in this way, you will be narrowing down your choices to units and systems that are energy efficient and can cool your home properly.

Most Important Factor to Consider in a Replacement AC

In getting a replacement AC, there are a few factors that you need to consider. These include the size of the area it will be cooling and the budget you have for your AC upgrade project. The most important factor you need to take into account however, is the amount of energy that you expect to consume every month with your AC use.

To ensure that you don’t increase energy consumption with your new AC, you should check the SEER rating of each unit or system you are considering. The SEER rating or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is what determines whether an AC system is energy efficient. The higher the SEER rating, the less energy consumption and the more efficient the cooling power. Always aim for a SEER rating of 14 or higher since these will end up saving you more money in the long run.

Aside from the SEER rating, you should also ask about warranties, how long your new AC will last, and other add-ons that will make your AC work better. You should also ask for a programmable thermostat so you can set your AC to maintain a specific coolness to help keep energy costs at a minimum.

When to Have Your AC Replaced or Upgraded

There are many ways to determine when it is the best time to replace your current AC. Here are some of them:

  • You are paying higher electricity bills lately
  • Your home is not as cold as it used to be
  • Your old AC is making strange noises when in use
  • You can smell weird odors coming from your AC

If your AC is 10 to 15 years old, it is also high time that you consider upgrading or replacing it. Don’t wait till it breaks down before you find a replacement AC. For your new AC system in Boston, Middlesex and Suffolk County Areas Bright Star Heating should be your choice contractor. We specialize in air conditioning installation, heating, and duct work services.

Contact us when you are thinking about replacing your existing AC with a better one. Call us at 978-233-3656 for a free inspection and estimate.

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