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

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.

How to Test Indoor Air Quality

indoor air quality in homes Homeowners in Reading, PA may wonder exactly what is indoor air quality and why does it matter? The air you breathe inside your home will always have some level of pollution. Indoor air quality or IAG is the measure of the level of common indoor air pollutants and its relationship to the comfort and health of occupants. Your family is exposed to unavoidable environmental air quality issues such as excessive humidity, vehicle traffic, and manufacturer products off-gassing when your HVAC filters or air ducts are clogged and dirty.

There are steps you can take to test indoor air quality and decrease the number of pollutants that circulate through the home’s HVAC system. According to The American Lung Association, the air in your home can be 5 to 70 times more polluted than the air you breathe outside. This is due to the accumulations of contaminants such as dust mites, animal dander, and pet hair – along with biological contaminants such as mold spores, pollen, viruses, and bacteria.

Testing for Mold

The best way to test your indoor air for mold is to seek the help of a professional mold tester that also specializes in air quality issues. One way to detect mold is by smell and any obvious health symptoms. If you notice a persistent musty odor in the home or observe signs of mold growth on window frames or in the basement, then you can purchase a mold test kit. These kits contain a prepared petri dish that is left on a flat surface within the home. Afterward, the sample is incubated for a few days and observed for signs of mold or it is sent to a lab for testing.

Testing for Radon

Radon gases within the home are the result of decaying radioactive materials that leach into the home through cracks in walls, floors, the foundation, basement walls, or attached to dust that enters the home from outside. A short-term radon test (between 2-90 days) that meets EPA requirements can be completed with a number of radon test kit options, such as a charcoal canister kit. The sample you collect is then sent to a lab for analysis. If you have high levels of this toxic gas within the home, then a radon remediation service is the best way to find the source and have it safely removed.

Testing for Other Indoor Air Pollutants

VOCs are the gases emitted from certain materials and liquids. There are actually thousands of household and consumer products that emit VOCs, and the long-term health effects of these pollutants include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and much more. An indoor air quality monitor can pick up a wide range of harmful air pollutants such as smoke, carbon monoxide, dust, and the VOC fumes emitted from inks, paint, glue, perfume, household cleaning products, and alcohol-based liquids.

Your Air Conditioning Experts

Contact Comfort Pro Heating and Air Conditioning for air duct cleaning to reduce the number of air pollutants that are entering your home. We can also discuss your concerns with residential indoor air quality!