You may be wondering if you need a new air conditioning system. Perhaps it’s noisy or doesn’t seem to be cooling your home properly. With the help of this ENERGY STAR article, we’ve compiled a list of seven important questions that could determine whether a new AC installation is right for you.
You depend on your home air conditioning system to provide reliable cooling during the heat of the summer months. Breakdowns usually occur at the worst possible time and can require expensive AC repairs that could reduce your budget for summertime fun. Investing in a new cooling system could save you money over the long run.
7 Signs You Need a New System
Is Your Air Conditioning Equipment Noisy?
Loud noises coming from your HVAC equipment can be signs of trouble ahead. The ductwork that is blocked or is too small to handle airflow from your system could be the culprit. This can shorten the life expectancy of your air conditioning system. Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent and resolve these issues. Your HVAC technician can tell you exactly why your air conditioner is making noise and can provide you with information on the current condition of your system. [Read More: What do these noises coming from my HVAC system mean?]
Is It Getting Sticky Inside Your Home?
High humidity is a sure sign that your air conditioning system needs serious help. During normal operations, your AC system pulls moisture from the air to keep you and your family feeling cooler indoors. If this process begins to fail, you will not only feel less comfortable but will also increase the risk of mold and mildew growing in ductwork or in other areas of your home. Systems that are too small or too large may also fail to remove moisture in an efficient way. If your air conditioner is no longer removing enough humidity from your indoor air, it could be a sign that an air conditioning replacement system will soon be required. [Read More: How Humidity Affects the Wood in a Home]
Are Your Furnishings Gathering Dust?
Excessive dust in your home can be a sign of leaky ductwork. In some cases, however, dust in the air could be a sign of trouble with your HVAC air filters. Regular maintenance and air filter changes can prevent many of these issues. If your air conditioning system is old (10+ years), however, it may be easier and more efficient to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to determine the underlying cause of dust and particulates in your indoor air. Sealing ductwork and replacing your AC unit can improve your indoor air quality to provide a more wholesome environment for every member of your family.
Is Your HVAC Technician a Frequent Visitor?
Frequent repair visits could add up to more than the cost of a down payment on a new system. If you are seeing your AC repair professional more often than you would like from a financial standpoint, investing in a new and more reliable air conditioning system can provide you with added confidence and fewer unexpected AC repairs that can wreck your budget and reduce your indoor comfort. By comparing the cost of repeated repair visits with the cost of a new system, you can determine whether now is the right time to replace your HVAC unit.
Are Your Utility Bills Through the Roof?
Rising costs for cooling your home may be a sign that it is time to replace your aging system with a more efficient model. Your local HVAC services company can often provide you with an honest assessment of the condition of your cooling system and the likely lifespan of this important system inside your home. If an AC replacement is required, your comfort adviser can help you to determine the best way to approach your installation project to minimize disruption and discomfort for you and your family. [Read More: Reasons Your Utility Bill is Outrageously High]
Is Your System More Than 10 Years Old?
Advances in HVAC technologies have improved the overall efficiency of cooling systems to save you money on your electric bills. If your current AC unit is more than 10 years old, we recommend replacing it with a newer and more energy-efficient model. An air conditioning replacement can potentially save you as much as 20 percent on the cost of cooling your home this summer. [Read More: How Long Should My Bryant Heating System Last?]
Are You Sweating Out the Summer Heat?
One of the most commonly reported problems with aging AC units is a general failure to keep things cool indoors. If you are experiencing hot spots inside your home or if your air conditioning system simply cannot keep up with the demand for cooling, it may be time to upgrade or to replace your system with one that can keep things cool for you and your family during the heat of summer. A relatively small investment in a new air conditioning installation can ensure greater comfort for years to come.
Working with a qualified HVAC company can help you to stay cool and comfortable even when the temperature rises outdoors. By consulting with a reliable and knowledgeable company that specializes in AC replacement, repair, and maintenance services, you can plan a new AC installation project that will let you enjoy the best summer ever this year. Give us a call at 301-663-0300 or submit a contact form to schedule an assessment of your system.