Selecting an New Air Conditioner for Your Home? Look at Lifetime Costs
If you’re shopping for an air conditioner replacement, you understand that comfortable and efficient home cooling are priorities in our Jacksonville area. What you may not know is what A/C system will best serve your needs. The right way to choose your new air conditioning system is to look at the lifetime costs of different systems rather than strictly going by the first time cost.
What Are Lifetime Costs?
When you’re working with an HVAC technician, he or she should ask if you would like lifetime costs calculations of cooling systems you’re considering. The lifetime cost calculations provide the estimated total investment for the entire life of the system, including the initial purchase, as well as years of operating costs, maintenance and repairs.
Lifetime costs are designed to show you the total investment of a system, whether its a standard model or a high-efficiency air conditioner replacement. Higher-efficiency cooling systems generally have higher first costs with lower lifetime costs, especially for regions with more cooling degree days.
Choosing a New Air Conditioner
If you haven’t shopped for a new air conditioner or heat pump in years, you’re going to see new technologies. You’ll notice from the lifetime cost calculations that higher-efficiency A/Cs are expected to have fewer repairs and offer substantially greater energy savings due to superior parts and technologies.
Following are a few comparisons you’ll want to consider:
- Variable-speed air handlers ramp up and down to continuously meet the real time cooling needs of your home. These components are generally available in Energy Star-certified high-efficiency air conditioners.
- Two-speed air handlers are in standard and mid-efficiency model ACs. These components still offer much better comfort and efficiency to the old air conditioner you’re replacing, but they won’t measure up to variable-speed technology.
- The same is true when comparing of one-, two- and variable-speed compressor technologies.
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