Things to Consider When Replacing Your AC System
There’s nothing better than a new AC system to efficiently cool your home for years to come, but replacing your old system is always an involved process. Here are a few things to keep in mind when moving toward AC replacement.
Get a Load Calculation
A load calculation is an in-depth analysis of your home’s cooling needs that allows your AC installation experts to perfectly size your new air conditioner. We strongly recommend getting a new load calculation instead of just matching the size of the old system. After all, your existing unit may have been improperly sized, and even if it was sized correctly, your home’s cooling needs may have changed.
Do a Payback Analysis
Replacing your air conditioner is largely a matter of weighing the up-front cost of the new system with the long-term savings on your utility costs. A payback analysis compares the two to determine how long it will take the system to pay for itself. As a rule, modern air conditioners tend to pay for themselves in three to 10 years, depending on the efficiency of your old system and your home’s cooling needs.
Replace Both Units
If there’s an issue with your indoor unit, it’s always tempting to just replace that one and keep your existing outdoor unit. As a rule, though, not using a matched system will limit energy efficiency and cause more wear and tear on both units. You can get away with replacing just one if the system is less than two years old, but any farther along than that, it’s in your interest to replace both at once.
Consider Dual-Use Systems
As long as you’re upgrading to a new system, you may want to invest in a dual-purpose heat pump. Heat pumps are essentially reversible air conditioners; they pump heat out of your home to cool it down in the summer, then collect heat from the outside air and pump it into the house in the winter. Geothermal heat pumps, which depend on the stable temperatures found deep inside the Earth, are even more efficient and effective than standard heat pumps. Especially if your furnace is on its last legs as well, you may get more use out of one of these dual-use systems.
Look for Rebates and Tax Credits
Homeowners looking to upgrade to more efficient systems can find financial help everywhere. State and federal tax credits are available for many qualifying systems, and you might also be able to get a rebate from the manufacturer or even your electric company. In many cases, those rebates can make the difference between upgrading to a top-notch system and sticking with a cheaper but less efficient alternative.
At Mike Merritt Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re proud to serve residents in the Jacksonville, FL, area. Give us a call to learn more about your home cooling options and the ways we can help you save big with a replacement system.