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Spend Now, Save Later with an AC Replacement

Replacing an AC could save you over the long runAir conditioners work very hard throughout the year to keep your home cool, and like all machines, they need to be replaced sooner or later. If your AC unit is nearing the end of its lifespan, you now have an opportunity to make your home more efficient and cut your utility bills. Here's how to make the most of an AC replacement project.

Replace the Whole System

If you've had issue after issue with your indoor unit but no trouble at all with the outdoor unit, it can be tempting to just replace the offending component and call it a day. In fact, unless your system is less than two years old, it's almost always a good idea to replace the whole thing at once. Your indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together, and if you don't have a matched system, cooling effectiveness and efficiency will suffer. On the other hand, if you replace the air conditioner at once, you'll benefit from the improved efficiency of a matched system.

Get a Load Calculation

Improper sizing is one of the most common causes of air conditioning issues. A system that's too small for your home will have to work even harder to keep it cool, leading to increased wear and tear. Of course, you also won't get the cooling power you need to really keep comfortable. Things don't get much better with an over-sized air conditioner, which will constantly cycle on and off and cause uncomfortable temperature changes. To maximize both comfort and energy efficiency, you need a properly sized system.

We recommend starting every AC installation project, even a replacement, with a full load calculation to determine exactly how much cooling power your home needs. Copying the size of your existing system is a bad idea because the old air conditioner may not have been properly sized in the first place.

Do a Payback Analysis

In the HVAC industry, a payback analysis is a simple comparison of the cost of installation and the projected monthly savings on utility bills. As a rule, many air conditioners can pay for themselves in as little as three years, depending on the relative efficiency of the old and new systems. If your new air conditioner qualifies for a rebate or tax credit, it may pay for itself even sooner.

Follow Through With a Great Contractor

You're going to depend on your new home air conditioning system, and you ought to be able to depend on the contractor who installs it. NATE certified contractors have extensive training and expertise. Look for those credentials when picking a contractor to replace your air conditioner.

At Texas Air Comfort, we'll be happy to be your first step toward a replacement air conditioner. Our online tools make it easy to find a highly qualified contractor in your area, and we make sure that all of our dealers provide consistently excellent service.

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