As one of the most important systems in your household, you rely on your A/C  to keep you and your family comfortable, regardless of the weather conditions outdoors. During the hot summer months an increase in energy bills is to be expected, but if the cost is skyrocketing and you ask yourself, “how can this be possible?” it may be time to turn to an expert to see if your air conditioner or cooling habits are to blame.

Before speaking with a specialist to examine the unit’s need for a repair or replacement, there are several signs to watch out for, indicating that a replacement could be your best solution.

1. Age of the Unit

While A/C units can last for over a decade, it’s a good idea begin preparing yourself for the potential need to replace when the unit reaches 8-10 years. Not only will you be able to eliminate the need for more frequent (and costly) repairs, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the advanced technology that results in better efficiency. According to the Department of Energy, you can save between 20-40% in energy costs by replacing your air conditioning unit.

2. Repair Frequency

Beginning to feel like you’re on a first-name basis with your HVAC technician? While the occasional repair is to be expected if your repair expenses are mounting and your unit is aging, opting for a replacement is probably the smarter investment long term.

3. Energy Bills

One of the first things that most people do when their energy bills are rising is to become more aware of their energy usage. If you’ve made other energy saving adjustments and you’re still experiencing high bills, it’s likely your A/C unit that’s causing the problem. In the long run, a new unit will save you money every month.

4. Temperature Changes

If your home has some rooms that are too hot and others that are too cold, it’s possible that your aging HVAC system is responsible for this. You can attempt to address the issue by sealing the cracks in your home and closing the blinds during the hottest part of the day but those solutions are only temporary. Receiving a free replacement estimate by A/C Designs can help you determine if a new unit installation will improve temperature fluctuations and overall comfort.

A/C Designs is the Jacksonville area’s leading air conditioning and heating company committed to providing quality service. In addition to the repair, maintenance, and installation of air conditioning systems, A/C Designs also offers indoor air quality services, system controls and more. Contact us today to learn more about financing options and to schedule a free estimate with one of our Home Comfort Specialists.

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