With summer in full effect here in Northeast Ohio, you need to make sure you have a reliable air conditioner.  If yours has recently broken down, you should determine whether repairs will be cost-effective or if you should consider air-conditioner replacement.  To determine the best route for your situation, ask yourself these questions:

How Old Is My Current Air Conditioner?
If it is over 10 years old, you should seriously consider air-conditioner replacement.  Modern cooling equipment enjoys the benefits of many energy-efficient technological developments from the past decade.  This means that they are able to create the same conditions for less energy.  The savings this will produce should help you eventually offset the cost of an upgrade.

What is the SEER of my Current Air Conditioner?
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is the standard measurement of efficiency that air conditioners are compared by.  A higher rating means better efficiency and more savings.  Old units may have a rating as low as 7 or 8 but manufacturers no longer even produce anything under a 13.  Newer units are longer-lasting and will come with more warranty protection.

What Size Unit Should I Buy?
When going the air-conditioner replacement route, it’s important to determine what size cooling equipment you need.  To do this, an HVAC specialist will need to perform a load calculation.  They will figure out how much energy your home requires to be properly cooled.  They can then recommend several units ideal for your needs.

Some people attempt to skip this process and merely use their current system’s size as the basis for their decision.  This is unwise, though, as it may not have been properly sized to begin with.  Your home also is likely more tightly sealed than when it was first installed.

To speak with an HVAC specialist to help determine whether you need air-conditioner replacement or simply repairs, contact Stack Heating & Cooling today.  We have been providing quality service and craftsmanship to greater Cleveland for more than 35 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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