3. It Increases the Value of Your Home
Any of you who have recently bought or sold a home know one of the first questions asked is, “how is the air conditioner?” The answer better had to be favorable, or you would probably not buy the home or see the likelihood of selling yours at your asking price diminish. A new air conditioner can increase the value of your property by far more than the price tag. Some estimates put a new air conditioner adding up to 12% in the amount to a home. Again doing the math, that’s a whopping $12,000 for every $100,000 your home is worth.
4. Avoid Breakdowns
The decision to upgrade your air conditioning system is easier if you suspect it is likely to break down. No one likes to be stuck in a stuffy, hot house during a heat wave. However, as experts we can tell you a breakdown usually occurs during a period of peak use. A few signs of imminent air conditioner break down include:
- Stange noises coming from unit including rattling or moaning.
- Unit powers on and off unexpectedly.
- Unit runs for longer than normal.
- Inconsistent room temperatures or “hot pockets.”
- Poor indoor air quality or musty smell.
- Unexpected increases in power bills.
We encourage you to call a trusted professional if any of the above occurs, or if you feel your air conditioner may be on the verge of a breakdown.
5. It’s Better for the Environment
Today’s HVAC standards require air conditioners to be more efficient than ever before. Additionally, this investment will reduce carbon monoxide emissions coming from your home or business. However, not all makes and models are created equal. When shopping around for a new AC system, get data on its energy efficiency. An easy way to do so it to make sure your considered unit meets or exceeds Energy Star® certification guidelines. These models can be as high as 15% more efficient than those that aren’t. You may also seek assistance through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs that offer special financing and help put these units within financial reach for those needing aid. Finally, Energy Star models often come with estimates, graphs, and more to show how much each unit costs to run on average.