Timing is important when considering an A/C replacement. Continuing to operate a unit that’s exceeded its service life span can be costing you money in high energy bills. You’re utilizing outdated equipment not engineered to equal the efficiency demands or the performance expectations of current high-efficiency technology. In addition, you may be getting caught in a vicious cycle of high repair bills just to keep the existing unit online through another long cooling season.
Soon, the tipping point is reached and it doesn’t make sense to continue to operate energy-wasting, outmoded equipment or absorb expensive repairs. Most experts agree that when cumulative repair costs approach 50 percent of the value of the system, it’s time to move up.
Just by choosing to make an A/C replacement now, you’ll be assured of increased efficiency. If your existing unit is 10 years old or more, you're probably living with a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) as low as 8. Today’s minimum standard units deliver a SEER of 13 and high-efficiency units exceed 18 or higher.
In addition, the advanced engineering provides benefits like longer service life, guaranteed by more comprehensive warranties that protect you from expensive repairs. Continuous variable airflow and more effective extraction of humidity from interior air also provide a big comfort boost as well as increasing the efficiency of air filtration for improved indoor air quality.
Still not certain you're ready to take the step up to an A/C replacement?
Some good news on the legislative front may help you decide. The 25C federal tax credit included in the 2012 legislation provides a $300 tax credit for the purchase of a central air conditioning system with a SEER rating of at least 16. The units must be installed in the taxpayer’s principle residence and has to be in service by the end of this year. The credit is retroactive through all of 2012 and valid through 2013.
P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling provides the latest in air conditioning sales and service to homeowners of greater Cleveland. Ask us about the benefits of choosing an A/C replacement now to prepare for another Ohio summer.
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Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.