Time for an AC Replacement? 3 Tips for Choosing a New System

You depend on your air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months of the year. A typical central air conditioning system has a lifespan of about 12 years. Today’s newest air conditioning systems offer many comfort and energy-efficient features that may not have been available when your current system was installed. When it’s time for an AC replacement in your Surf City, North Carolina home, follow these tips:

Select the Right Size

An air conditioning system that’s too small won’t effectively cool your living spaces. A system that’s too large will waste energy. When you’re ready for an AC replacement, our service technicians come to your home to take measurements of your living space. We also take into account the:

  • Amount of insulation in your home.
  • Amount of sunlight your home receives.
  • Number of windows.
  • Materials from which your home is built.

Look for the Energy Star Rating

Energy Star is a program by the United States Department of Energy. Systems that are energy-efficient earn the Energy Star rating. They typically have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of at least 16. These systems consume 30 to 40 percent less electricity when cooling your home.

Choose a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

When looking at the available features of AC replacement equipment, consider one that comes with or is compatible with a programmable or smart thermostat. Programmable and smart thermostats allow you to automate the temperature settings. You can also use pre-programmed settings for when you’re away from home. They save up to $180 per year in cooling costs.

As you prepare for an AC replacement, it’s also a good idea to have your home’s air ducts checked. Loose or poorly insulated air ducts could waste up to 30 percent of the energy used by your new cooling system. Contact Gideon Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an AC replacement. We look forward to installing a new air conditioning system that will provide you with many years of indoor comfort.

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