Is it Time to Upgrade Your HVAC Unit?
- Your air conditioner/heat pump is more than 10 years old: Older units may not be as efficient. New units can save up to 20 percent on cooling costs.
- You need frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up: Your equipment may have become less efficient.
- Your equipment system is noisy: You could have a problem with the indoor coil of your equipment.
Pay Yourself Back Fast
Upfront costs for your new, energy efficient equipment are offset over time by the energy savings you will see if you choose a high-SEER unit. This payback period (the period of time it takes before a consumer recoups, through lower utility bills, the price increase of the more efficient units) can be trimmed down with government or manufacturer rebate programs.
Some manufacturers offer incentives, such as Carrier’s Cool Choices promotion which awards up to $1,200 in rebates to “consumers who purchase and install a new heating and cooling system in their home—the better the system, the bigger the rebate.”
Look for Energy Efficiency
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is an indicator of how efficient your unit will be. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit and the lower the operating cost. So, it is advisable to shop around for high-SEER units.