During the hot summer months in South Florida, probably the single largest portion of your electric bill will be for your air conditioner. As your air conditioner gets older, it may not cool your house as efficiently, costing you more every month on your energy bills. Today, the standard for air conditioners is a minimum of 14 SEER and may use environmentally-friendly refrigerants. Combining these two features results in savings and better cooling throughout your home.
The compatibility of your home size, your lifestyle habits and the size of your cooling unit could be a major issue for proper cooling and humidity control of the entire home. Therefore, it is extremely important that you discuss your cooling options with one of our trained technicians to ensure that you are getting the right system for your home comfort.
New Equipment Installations:
- Hi-efficiency air conditioners
- Digital Thermostats
- Zoned Cooling
- Indoor Air Quality
Here are a few things to consider.
- What do good central air units have in common?
- How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?
- Which air conditioners are energy efficient?
- Are some air conditioners built better than others?
- What should I look for in a dealer?
- Determine how high of an Air Conditioner Efficiency you want. Air conditioners are rated for energy efficiency with a SEER or EER number. (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) Typcially ranging from 14 to as high as 21 on highly efficient central ac units the higher the (S)EER rating the more energy efficient the model is and the lower your cost to operate it.
- Read reviews on Air Conditioners to see which are highly rated. Checking consumer watchgroups and appliance reviewers may save you from making a mistake on a air conditioner that is too noisy or is not as good at cooling.
- Research whether or not you qualify for the Energy Tax Credit.
At Monar, we can answer these questions for you.
A Mini Split unit is ideal for an area that doesn’t typically get air conditioning, such as a patio or garage.
Repair or Replace?
It’s a hot summer morning and you wake up to a house that feels like you left the furnace running all night. This is odd because you set the air conditioner to run before you went to bed. If your air conditioner is running hot air, you know you have a problem!
Your first instinct is to call for a quick repair job. Repair seems to be the least expensive way to go but it may not be at all. In the long run, replacing your broken unit might be the best way to go. How do you decide?
Making that decision to replace or repair can be a difficult one to determine when you are sweating buckets and just need to get the job done – now!
When deciding take into consideration the following:
- Age of the system – Typically speaking an air conditioner is expected to last 12-18 years although there are numerous examples of air conditioners that have been running much longer. (Your location, maintenance, and typical use of the A/C unit will impact this quite a bit.) If your air conditioner is coming up on the seventh year mark and simple repairs don’t seem frugal, then you are likely going to want to opt for replacement. On the flip side, if your air conditioner has been operating for less than five years, you might want to consider repairing it since it likely has a number of good service years left.
- Overall satisfaction of the system – If your air conditioner has been running well up until this time, you have reason to believe that it will continue to run well with a few repairs. At the same time, if your system has caused you any kind of headaches up until this time, you might feel now would be a good time to replace it.
- Cost of operation – Many A/C units 15-20 years old could have a SEER rating that is 1/2 of current high efficiency units. That is essentially a 50% savings in energy which will impact your yearly cooling bills in a large way.
- Cost to repair – If you are looking at spending $500 – $750 just to repair your old system now may be the time to replace it.
- Cost to replace – When assessing whether or not to repair, always try to get a free estimate. Some repairs are just too costly to even consider and so in this case replacing will be the best way to go. Once you have your estimate this can guide your decision to repair or replace smartly. Remember that you want to make the best decision, not the cheapest one.
- How often is the system used – A system that gets 24-hour use due to South Florida’s climate may make repair seem a more fiscally responsible option.
- You can also take a look at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program.
There have been so many advances in the manufacturing of air conditioners in the past decade from SEER ratings to the addition of clean air products that remove pollutants and improve air quality. But, how do you know whether you simply need to repair a problem or if it is time to replace the system with a newer hi-efficiency one?
Our technicians can provide you with a comprehensive review that will give you all of the details you need to make this difficult decision.
If your system does need to be replaced we have selected only the premier equipment for our customers. However, that does not necessarily mean the most expensive. We carefully match your comfort needs with the appropriate equipment that results in the best possible home comfort.
Contact us for a home and system evaluation, and more information on the products we offer.