Summer has finally arrived here in Southern New Hampshire! This means homeowners are prepping for a fun-filled season ahead. As you begin to check the boxes on your home comfort to-do list (schedule your annual tune-up, employ energy-saving tactics, fill up your propane-fired grill, etc.) be sure to check in with your cooling equipment. As temperatures rise, be on the lookout for these telltale signs that it is time to upgrade your A/C system.
1. Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
This is the number one way to determine if it’s time for an upgrade. No matter how well you maintain your equipment, every system’s lifespan has an endpoint. Even if your A/C seems to get the job done, older models tend to lack important energy-saving features that are essential to keep cooling costs low.
2. Your equipment needs frequent repairs.
Do you feel like you’ve been dialing your local HVAC service technician more than normal? While repairs and maintenance are to be expected here and there, consistent malfunctions indicate that your system is unable to keep up with your home’s energy needs.
3. Some rooms in your home are too cold.
Are you comfortable in the kitchen, but bundled up under a blanket in the living room? Uneven temperature distribution is another clue pointing toward system inefficiency. Leaky ducts or inadequate equipment can also cause excess indoor humidity.
4. Your energy bills are higher than average.
How do your recent energy bills compare to previous usage? Regular system maintenance will help keep these fuel costs steady and low, but over time older equipment can cause costs to rise. A sudden spike in your bills without any other source of usage increase can be a red flag for replacement.
5. You don’t have a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats have changed the game when it comes to lowering energy costs and reducing usage. Older A/C equipment may not be compatible with this feature, making it difficult to maximize energy efficiency. When you upgrade to a cooling system that can easily be integrated with a programmable thermostat, you’ll have complete control over your energy costs.
How does your current cooling system stack up? If any or all of these signs apply to your air conditioner, it’s time to upgrade.
Contact us to learn more about how high-efficiency cooling equipment can improve your comfort and save money.