Pittsburgh Air Conditioning rising in energy costs.
The age and condition of your cooling equipment may have caused it to become less efficient. Improved cooling efficiency translates directly into lower utility bills because the more efficient your air conditioner is, the less energy it needs to operate in order to keep your home comfortable.
Should you repair or replace your air conditioning unit?
The general industry rule is to replace air conditioners every 10 to 15 years. As with any technology, AC systems have vastly improved over the past few decades. Quite simply, older air conditioners are not as efficient as the units available on the market today.
Environmental factors also impact cost of ownership due to federal regulations. Most air conditioning systems installed before 2005 are charged with R-22 (i.e., Freon), an ozone-depleting refrigerant nearing complete phase-out by the EPA. By 2015, R-22 production will be phased-out by 90 percent. By 2020, it will no longer be produced at all. Therefore, costs to maintain R-22 charged units have increased significantly and are only expected to rise.
Today’s air conditioning models are charged with R-410A (i.e., Puron), preferred for its environmental ‘green’ qualities and superior performance. Because R-410A can absorb and release more heat than R-22, the air conditioners run cooler, offering greater efficiency and saving energy costs.
Pittsburgh Air Conditioning replacement is a home improvement expense to carefully evaluate.
Failing to install an AC unit correctly can decrease its operating efficiency by as much as 30 percent. That’s why it’s so important to select a reputable and qualified HVAC provider. Air Pro Heating and Cooling is best qualified to ensure that your air conditioner fits your home and is installed to manufacturer and industry standards.
Pittsburgh air conditioning experts are at your service.
Air Pro Heating and Cooling is a trusted HVAC provider that proudly serves the greater Pittsburgh area. Our nearly 20 years of experience combined with A+ service ratings with the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List means our customer’s enjoy the benefits of top-notch service and expertise.
If you are experiencing any of the following in your home, it’s time to contact the Pittsburgh air conditioning experts at Air Pro Heating and Cooling!
- An unusual spike in utility bills
- Excessive maintenance costs
- Persistent difficulty controlling indoor temperatures
- Noisy AC machinery
Schedule an HVAC inspection today for expert advice to find out if you could benefit from a new air conditioner.
Don’t forget to schedule regular maintenance for your AC unit to keep it in excellent working condition!
Proper maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent system failures. Be proactive! The best time of year to check the cooling system is in the spring months of March, April and May. But no matter what time of year it is – we’re ready to serve you. Contact the Pittsburgh air conditioning experts today.