Cost-Effective Air Conditioning Options

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There comes a time in every home owner’s life when their air conditioner finally goes kaput and it’s time to make a decision. You can start looking around for some good air conditioning repair companies or take this opportunity to upgrade to a better HVAC system. There are some nifty new options to choose from and some can be quite cost effective too, here are a few that may sway you into replacing that old system.

  • Thermostats: Nowadays thermostats come with features that give you all sorts of perks, including the ability to program them so that they automatically switch temperatures at certain points in the day. You can save an estimated $180 a year just by installing a programmable thermostat and you can have this installed without re[placing the whole system if you so choose.

  • Unit types: There are typically two types of HVAC units to choose from, split-system and packaged air conditioning systems. The split system air conditioner would be more energy efficient of the two and can be up to 25 SEER (or seasonal energy efficiency ratio), compared to the packaged unit at 13-15 SEER. The split-system unit is set up inside the home and out, hence the name, and this protects sensitive parts of the unit from the elements.

  • Ductless units: The residential ductless air conditioning systems are an efficient option to replacing window units and other high energy systems. Instead of pumping hot or cold air through ducts they are mounted in specific zones and usually only need access to electricity. This saves you money by not having to heat or cool rooms that are usually not occupied, it is one of the main reasons consumers switch to this type of system.

Do keep in mind that if your HVAC unit is installed incorrectly it could potentially raise your energy costs by up to 30% and could last you 12-15 years with adequate maintenance. This is why making sure you hire professional HVAC contractors is key to getting the best bang for your buck when trying to get a more energy efficient system. Now that you know the best heating and cooling systems the question is, will you be looking for air conditioning repair companies or installation experts?