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14
Jul

The Short Answer

YES! Upgrading to an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating can greatly reduce your electricity consumption. In addition, there are also a number of rebates available when you upgrade to a more energy efficient air conditioner—saving you even more money.

Contact us today for a free estimate on a new, energy efficient air conditioner.

The Extended Answer

How exactly can a new air conditioner lower your energy bills? The truth is that many of today’s highly efficient air conditioners can be up to 30 percent more efficient than systems that were installed just 10 years ago. The size of an air conditioner is rated in BTU’s (British Thermal Units) or tons; however, the efficiency is rated in SEER—which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating on your air conditioner, the more efficiently it operates.

According to the Department of Energy, air conditioners manufactured after January 26, 2006 must achieve a SEER of 13 or higher. SEER 13 is 30 percent more efficient than the previous minimum SEER of 10.

Although SEER 13 is the minimum, you can consider a unit with a higher SEER to achieve even greater energy savings. For example, Bryant’s Evolution System central air conditioners have as high as a SEER 20 rating!

Keep in mind, the initial investment may be more for a SEER 20 air conditioner than a 13 SEER one, but you reduce the operating costs required to run your system. As a result, your total investment (both purchase and operation) will end up being less with the higher efficient system over the course of its lifespan.

In addition to saving money by installing a higher SEER unit, you may also be eligible for certain rebates. For example, Pepco offers energy efficient rebates in Maryland through its Pepco HVAC Efficiency Program. In addition to offering up to $500 rebates for new, energy efficient heating and cooling equipment, the Pepco rebate also allows for up to a $250 rebate on duct sealing and $100 rebate on HVAC system tune-ups from Feb. 15, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2014.

To find out if you qualify for a Pepco rebate, call GAC Heating & Cooling today, fill out a contact form. We can also help if you’re interested in financing your new air conditioner.

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1
Jul

The Short Answer

With proper AC maintenance, you can expect your air conditioner to last about 15 years. However, installing a new air conditioner can improve your home comfort AND save you money! Many of today’s highly efficient air conditioners can be up to 30 percent more efficient than systems that were installed just 10 years ago. By upgrading your aging system to a new high-efficiency AC, you can quickly lower your energy bills.

The Extended Answer

According to the Department of Energy, the average “lifespan” of a central air conditioner is about 15-20 years. Keep in mind, in order to make sure your investment keeps you cool for years to come, you need to purchase the best model and size unit for your home, have it installed properly, and schedule regular maintenance.

Choosing a Home Air Conditioner

Size is one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a new air conditioner.  Properly sized air conditioners minimize operating costs, reduce humidity in your home during the summer, making you feel cooler, and reduce the temperature “swings” you may feel between rooms.

At GAC Cooling & Heating (Gaithersburg Air Conditioning & Heating), our comfort consultant will determine if there is a reason to believe your existing air conditioner is not properly sized for your home. Most often, the existing system capacity is correct. If, however, we are concerned that the existing system is not correct, we will measure your home and calculate the actual heating and cooling load on the home (calculation based on square footage, windows, walls, ceiling, floor plan, appliances, insulation, exterior factors, etc.). This will determine the recommended size of the equipment for your home.

Professional Air Conditioner Installation

Many air conditioners are installed incorrectly. This reduces their efficiency and also shortens their lifespan. That’s why in addition to choosing the right size air conditioner for your home, it’s also vital to have it installed professionally. A good HVAC contractor will be able to help you with all aspects of your air conditioner installation, including placement, sealing, and installation of all appropriate components such as:

  • Evaporator coil
  • Ductwork
  • Thermostat
  • Supply registers
  • Condensing unit
  • Etc.

Routine Air Conditioner Maintenance

Almost all AC manufacturers recommend annual inspections of their systems. In fact, many manufacturers will void your warranty if you fail to practice proper AC maintenance.

At GAC Cooling & Heating, we offer Peak Performance Maintenance Agreement plans to further protect your AC from inconvenient breakdowns, high repair costs, shortened equipment life, and other AC repairs. With the current high cost of energy, it’s extremely important to keep your system in good condition. When you neglect your AC, you pay for it, in terms of wasted energy and higher repair costs.

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