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If your home’s AC unit is around 15-20 years, have you seen the signs that it might be giving up the ghost? For example, have you noticed problems like refrigerant leaks, motor failures or inefficient cooling? If you have, it might be time to look for a new air conditioning unit.

When shopping around for your air conditioning system, consider these items:

Proper Size

If you were to replace your car’s engine with that of a lawnmower, would you expect it to keep running? Chances are, you’re going to be very disappointed when it doesn’t run. In this example, vehicles aren’t a one size fits all operation, and there are many types and sizes of engines used for each car. Did you know that the same idea goes for your air conditioning unit?

For example, your air conditioners not only cool your home, but they are also designed to dehumidify. If you have too large of a unit at your home, the air conditioning unit struggles to do its job at dehumidifying your home, and it won’t feel cool at all.

Efficiency Rating

Who doesn’t like saving money? Having a unit that has a high-efficiency rating will help you save money on your cooling bills when the summer heat really peaks. Air conditioning units in the United States must have a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of at least 13 out of 20.

If you had a unit that had a SEER rating of 14, it would use eight percent less energy than conventional models. Could you stand to save at least 8 percent on your energy bills?

Continued Maintenance

Efficiency ratings are great for making sure the unit runs well, but that only goes so far. If you want to keep your AC unit running like a dream, proper maintenance is a must. In some cases, failure to keep regular maintenance may void the warranty.

Contact us Today

To see what our AC unit and furnace specialists can do for you, give us a call today at 571-237-5623. We offer free estimates and will gladly meet with you to discuss repairs or installations.