When Should You Upgrade Your AC System?

Do you have poor indoor air quality, high energy bills or an outdated unit? These are all qualities of a less-than-efficient air conditioner. If you notice a drop in comfort in your Hobe Sound, Florida, home, it may be time to upgrade your current HVAC system. Ask yourself these three questions to help you determine if you need to upgrade your AC system:

Is Your Indoor Air Quality Suffering?

If you’re prone to allergy or asthma flare-ups, you may find your symptoms getting worse because of an inefficient AC system. Whether your system is long overdue for maintenance, improperly sized for your home or past its prime, each of these factors contributes to poor indoor air quality. Consult with a comfort specialist to have the issue diagnosed and rid your home of pesky airborne pollutants and stuffy air.

Are Your Utility Costs Too High?

Let’s say your energy bill has skyrocketed despite your unchanged cooling schedule. It’s likely your AC system is using more energy than it should. This is neither convenient nor cost-effective. In this case, it’s best to swap the system out for a new one. When shopping for an upgrade, you’ll want to keep the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) in mind. The higher the number, the better the cooling efficiency.

Is Your System More Than 15 Years Old?

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is around 10 to 15 years, and some can last up to 20 with proper maintenance. However, the older the system is, the harder it has to work to keep up with your home’s cooling needs. This leads to longer run times and increased energy usage, which further dips into your utility budget for the month. If your system is more than 10 years old, replacing it with an Energy Star-certified model could save you up to 40 percent on your energy bill.

If your central AC system isn’t working properly, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. The comfort specialists at Ranger Air Conditioning can help you find the best solution for your home. Call us today at 772-205-3293 to get started.

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