The world of air conditioning has changed a lot in the past few years. That’s because of the improvements to the technology that have made the latest AC units more energy efficient and durable.
If your Las Vegas air conditioning unit isn’t keeping you cool it might be time to talk to Ambient Edge about your options for replacement. Keeping your family cool this summer is certainly a high priority for anyone living in the desert communities of Nevada or Arizona.
Upgrades to your AC
Back in 2010, the EPA and air conditioning manufacturers worked together to utilize a refrigerant that doesn’t deplete the ozone and cause harm to the environment. These “green” improvements not only benefited the environment your kids will inherit – they will also save you money on your utility bills.
Did you know a new AC unit uses about half the electricity of old school, outdated air conditioners? In fact, energy.gov says today’s top AC units use 30 to 50% less energy when producing the same amount of cooling as an older unit. The website goes further, saying if your AC is only ten years old, the newer units can save you 20 to 40% on your annual energy bills. Over time, Las Vegas air conditioning replacement actually pays for itself!
How is AC Energy Efficiency Measured?
AC efficiency is measured in SEER units, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER measures the energy output needed to provide adequate cooling for your home. Prior to 2006, Las Vegas air conditioning units that offered a 10 SEER rating were sufficient. Today, federal law requires a minimum of 13 SEER. That means, at a minimum, your new air conditioning unit will save you at least 30% in lowered energy bills when compared to older equipment.
Should I Replace or Repair My Air Conditioner?
House Logic says that if your AC is over eight years old, repairing it probably won’t be worth the expense. We agree for the most part; if it is a simple repair, like a worn fan belt or debris in the condenser, replacement may be overkill.
The best thing to do is to call your Las Vegas home energy audit company Ambient Edge to discuss your options. We will help you weigh the cost, financing options, any tax credits (if available), and even, the condition of your furnace and the ductwork that is so important to the entire unit. Contact us today to find out how we can help you keep your family cooler this summer!