Is It Time to Upgrade to a New Air Conditioner?

Your air conditioner has been cooling your house for years and years. It hasn’t given out on you yet, so is there any reason to replace it? Once you learn the improvements that have been introduced in the last decade, you might be ready to replace your air conditioning unit. Changes to Refrigerant Old air conditioners rely on Freon, a refrigerant also known as R-22. However, because Freon isn’t great for the environment, it’s being phased out. Only air conditioners built before 2010 use this chemical. Newer air conditioners rely on a replacement refrigerant called R-410A. In fact, after 2020, new Freon won’t be produced in the United States. Homeowners with old air conditioners will have to rely on the existing supply or use reclaimed refrigerant. The cost of recharging a Freon-based unit will continue to rise as the supply dwindles. People with newer R-410A units won’t have to deal with that problem, however. Improvements in Energy Efficiency An air conditioner’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is a figure that gives you an indication of how efficient you can expect a new unit to be. A decade or two ago, most air conditioners had a SEER of 10 or less....

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