by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on June 6, 2013

Is a High-Efficiency AC Unit Worthwhile?

 

Is a High-Efficiency AC Unit Worthwhile?When hot weather approaches, many people realize it’s time to either replace or upgrade their existing air conditioning unit. It can be tempting to simply keep an aging unit or to select a new unit based exclusively on price; however, making the upfront investment in a high-efficiency air conditioner can prove to be the wiser purchase over time.The primary motivation for most people to upgrade is lower energy bills. With a new, high-efficiency air conditioner, you could save about 30 percent on your energy bills during the warm-weather season. Newer units have features such as thermal expansion valves, variable-speed air handlers and automatic-delay fan switches which allow for more efficient operation without sacrificing your comfort. Upgrading your cooling system will also increase the value of your home, and many utility companies offer incentives to homeowners who install high-efficiency air conditioning systems.

Another cost savings comes in the form of fewer repair bills. Hanging on to old equipment might seem like the more frugal route, but aging appliances can cost more in repairs than they’re worth. New high-efficiency systems are generally of higher quality, are more weather resistant, and can be expected to last for years if maintained properly.

In addition to the return on investment for the homeowner, high-efficiency air conditioners are also less harmful to the environment. Efficient systems that use less electricity decrease the carbon footprint of the user. Also, the newer refrigerant used in these modern units does not contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer, unlike the haloalkane refrigerant used in older models.

Even putting aside the obvious financial and environmental benefits, newer air conditioner models are simply more enjoyable and convenient to use. They operate more quietly, and have user-friendly features such as a check-filter light. High-efficiency air conditioners are also “smarter”, with their variable-speed air handler allowing the unit to switch between low and high-speed operation as needed.

It’s clear that the many benefits of upgrading to a high-efficiency AC unit make the initial investment worthwhile. With routine maintenance, your system should provide you with many years of environmentally friendly comfort at a reasonable price. Are you looking to install a new high efficiency air conditioning unit in the Vancouver area? Contact Lambert Plumbing & Heating, Ltd at 604-734-0890 and set up an appointment today!

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