What to Look for in a Replacement AC or Upgrade

What to Look for in a Replacement AC or Upgrade

If your home is no longer feeling as cool and comfortable as it should with the AC is on, maybe it is time for you to look into getting a replacement HVAC system. Regardless of the reasons for replacing your current AC system, you should always look at it as an upgrade so when you're narrowing down your choices you're looking at increased energy efficiency and savings.

Most Important Factor to Consider for Replacing Your AC

When you're considering replacing your AC, there are a few factors that you need to take into account. You have to first think about the size of the area it will be cooling, as well as your budget. However, the most important factor you need to consider 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 replacement, you should check the SEER rating on each AC system you are considering. The SEER rating or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is what determines whether an AC system is energy efficient or not. 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 systems 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 high time that you consider upgrading or replacing it with a new HVAC system. Don’t wait for your AC to break down before you start looking for a replacement AC.

At Bright Star Heating we specialize in air conditioning installation, heating, and ductwork services in Boston, Middlesex and Suffolk County AreasContact us online or give us a call at 978-233-3656 for a free inspection and estimate.

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