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Air Conditioning

What to Consider When Upgrading Your AC System

March 2, 2020

The comfortable days of spring are on the horizon as the frigid winter starts to loosen its grip. Now is the best time to evaluate your AC system, because the last thing you want during the dog days of summer is to find yourself without air conditioning. The lull between winter and spring is the ideal time to plan a strategy for your summer comfort.

Is your AC system costing you $$$?

Even if your air conditioner seems to be working just fine, you may be wasting a considerable amount of money. Pay attention to these signs that your AC system might be running inefficiently:

  • Subpar or inconsistent cooling
  • Excessive energy consumption
  • Higher energy bills
  • Multiple or expensive repair costs

A new AC system can save you a lot on overall costs while ensuring your maximum comfort during the hot months.

What to look for in a new AC system

Investing in a new, more efficient system will save you in the long run on energy consumption and costs. When shopping for a new AC system, look for the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings of 13 or better. Older systems are typically 6 SEER or less. A higher SEER rating will provide you with a major efficiency upgrade that will significantly lower your energy bills.

Choosing the right size unit (tonnage) is important as well. A unit that’s too big or too small, or for any other reason not right for your home will cost you money in the longer term. When we assess your AC system and needs, our technicians take into account such issues as:

  • The size of the house and rooms
  • Existing ductwork
  • Sun and shade spots
  • Insulation
  • Window type
  • Regional weather conditions

After we do our assessment, we’ll recommend a size, model, and type of AC system that’s perfect for your home. Besides SEER and tonnage, there may be other useful AC features to look for, such as:

  • Filter check light: ensures that you never go too long between filter replacements
  • Fan-only switch: gives you the ability to use your AC system as a ventilator
  • Auto-delay fan switch: turns off the fan shortly after the compressor shuts down

What can I do to extend the life of my AC system?

Regular maintenance can keep your current system running at peak performance and extend its life. Sila offers a 15-point AC tune-up for as low as $59. This is a great way for our technicians to evaluate your AC system and provide you with guidance and options to get you back to efficient and reliable cooling. Our skilled technicians can lay out all your options from repair to replacement while keeping your budget in mind.

Contact Sila Heating and Air Conditioning today for more information on heating and cooling services and more. We look forward to serving you!