Making big ticket home improvements may be a necessary part of home ownership, but the decisions to do so are still difficult to make. As spring nears, many homeowners who spent last season struggling with an aging or untrustworthy central air conditioning system may be on the fence about whether the time is right now to replace it with a new one. If you are one of these homeowners, the following information will help you more clearly see why you should move forward with this important home improvement.
Inefficiency due to age, size, or condition
The cost of cooling the home is often one of the most important factors for homeowners who are trying to decide whether to replace an air conditioning system.
Cooling bill increases often occur as HVAC components age or when condition or sizing issues arise that make them more costly to operate. In any of these conditions, the savings homeowners may realize by replacing their inefficient system with a much more efficient one can help to offset the cost over the expected lifespan of the unit.
Air quality issues
Another compelling reason for homeowners to replace their old air conditioning system is to improve air quality to meet the health needs of a family member. When someone in the household suffers from allergies or a respiratory condition, air quality inside the home can become a critical need. Older air conditioning systems may not be able to filter out allergens and contaminants as well as more recently manufactured units.
Changes in the home's design or layout
Homes that have undergone changes in the design or layout of the home may find that their original air conditioning system can no longer meet the cooling demands placed upon it. Some good examples of this problem include when additional living areas are finished or added on to substantially increase the interior square footage and when walls are moved, erected, or taken down, changing the way air moves throughout the home.
Homeowners who add additional windows to their home or those that remove their window coverings to allow more natural light to enter the home may also notice that an older air conditioning system suddenly begins to struggle with keeping the home cool.
Homeowners who have additional questions about the potential benefits they could experience when replacing their current air conditioning system with a new one should contact a reputable air conditioning installation contractor. These professionals can assess the home's current system and make recommendations to help homeowners save money and enjoy more reliable cooling for years to come.