You are probably experiencing a sigh of relief that winter’s heating bills are behind you for a while, and although it may be sticking a pin in that balloon, you need to consider if your summer cooling bills are going to be just a bad, if not worse. Summers seem to get hotter here in the Charlotte, NC area, and homeowners everywhere are feeling the heat, and not just the temperature. Utility companies are charging more, too, and the perfect storm is making you wonder if you would benefit by replacing your central air conditioning. The answer is, it depends.
There are a number of factors to consider. How old your system is, what kind it is, and how long you plan to keep your home are all considerations. Newer technologies, including solar options, mean that today’s central air conditioning units are far more efficient than those of the past. If your system hasn’t been replaced in years, you will definitely save with a newer, better rated system.
The question then becomes, how long will it take to recoup the cost? If you plan to stay in your home for years, then it really doesn’t matter because the money you are spending for the unit would have gone to the power company eventually. Since you pay one way or another, it makes sense to invest in your home rather than just throw the money away. Add to that the fact that an older system typically needs more repairs, and you can see how costly your old system could be in the long run.
If you want a professional opinion about the efficiency of your current central air conditioning and an assessment about whether it is better to replace it with something new, give us a call at Acosta Heating and Cooling. We give honest assessments and never use high-pressure sales tactics to sway your decision. That’s the way we’ve done things since we opened up shop in 1972, and we will continue to do so.