Air Conditioners – Old vs. New
Most air conditioning systems are engineered to last approximately 20 years. When AC systems are nearing the end of their functional lifespan, breakdowns begin to grow more common. At that point, every homeowner wonders, “Should I repair my old system, or should I replace it?”
There’s no easy answer to that question. AC repairs are far less expensive than replacements. This is true. However, the costs associated with two or three major repairs may be nearly equivalent to a new system. Keep in mind, too, that aging AC units are very inefficient. A new air conditioner may help you save a lot of money in monthly energy bills. This way, you’ll be able to recoup the full cost of your investment in just a few years.
Benefits of New Air Conditioners
New makes and models of air conditioners also offer a range of new features that your antiquated system isn’t likely to offer. These advanced features include the following:
- Smart Thermostats
- Modulating Compressor Technologies
- Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants
- Air Quality Enhancements
Smart thermostats allow you to adjust the temperatures in your home or place of business from any internet-connected device. At the end of your workday, you can tell your thermostat to power on, and you’ll be greeted by a cool, comfortable environment when you get home. You won’t have wasted energy cooling down an empty house either.
Modulating Compressor Technologies
Older AC units typically had two settings: on and off. Modern AC units have variable-speed compressors that can operate at an assortment of different settings. That enables you to choose the AC setting that will let you stay the most comfortable.
Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants
Newer AC models use R-410A refrigerants, which are far less destructive to the environment than the R-22 refrigerants older AC models use.
Air Quality Enhancements
Dust and other airborne contaminants travel through the ducts associated with older air conditioning systems. Modern ductless AC systems enable you to breathe cleaner air.
Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning is the leading HVAC contractor in Reading, PA, and the surrounding areas. If you’re thinking of replacing your current AC system, contact us for assistance with choosing and installing a new system. We’re happy to also help with your indoor air quality and duct cleaning.