Heating and cooling costs the average homeowner about $1,000 a year - nearly half the home's total energy bill. If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model could cut your cooling costs by 30%.
Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. By choosing ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment and taking steps to optimize its performance, you can enhance the comfort of your home while saving energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect our climate by helping prevent harmful carbon pollution and reducing other greenhouse gases.
If there's an exception to the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" rule, it has to do with air conditioners. The EPA recommends you consider replacement of your air conditioner if it's over 10 years old.1 If you want to get on board with doing the right thing for the planet and your pocketbook it makes sense because newer ACs are just that much more efficient than they used to be. For example, if you were to replace an old air conditioner with a 10-SEER rating with a new 21-SEER unit and proper indoor coil, you could save up to 56% on your cooling costs.
What else should I look for when buying a central air conditioner?
If you've decided that you need to purchase a new central air conditioning system, learn why working with Albert Air, a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, you'll get quality installation and superior products.
Remember, even though these products can be more expensive to purchase up front, the cost difference will be paid back over time through lower energy bills.
Consider regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system to prevent future problems and unwanted costs.