Did you know that about 20% of homes that were built during the 1980s still have their original air conditioning units — which are in many cases, now either 30 years old or quickly approaching?
Although the years pass by before we know it, an important thing to keep in mind is that HVAC technology has made important jumps forward in the last several decades. Imagine if you were still using a computer from the 1980s — not pretty! So why are you dealing with your old HVAC? Just because you don?t have to look at it, doesn?t mean an upgrade isn?t worth your time.
The important thing to note, of course, is that current models are far more energy efficient on average than older models. Their design is intended to save you money. This time around, you should also learn everything you need to know about air conditioning maintenance so that you can keep your machine running smoothly instead of needing to call the HVAC company for repairs every other year.
What should you know about taking care of your new HVAC unit? Here are a few facts.
Picking ENERGY STAR Certified
ENERGY STAR Certified HVAC units are not any particular brand — the ENERGY STAR program is a label the government has been using for years to identify brands that have a higher energy efficiency. When it comes to AC units, ENERGY STAR certified units have a higher energy efficiency ratio and a higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio, making them approximately 15% efficient than other, non-certified models.
Maintenance is Important, as is AC Repair
When your air conditioner has leaky ductwork, broken parts, or simply isn?t operating quite correctly, it can not only lead to lowered energy efficiency — it can also make your home more humid. This can lead to issues like mold and mildew growth throughout your home — a problem that can be an expensive one to take care of.
How Often You Should Call an Air Conditioning Company
Most experts recommend having your HVAC checked twice a year; once before the summer heat hits, and again before the winter cold. Specialists can take a look at your filters, ductwork, etc. What are other signs you should be calling in? Odd noises, excessive dust, or difficulty getting your rooms to an appropriate temperature are all signs that you need to contact a HVAC company sooner rather than later, preferably. More.