old air conditioner

Is An Old Air Conditioner Costing You Money?

  • August 21, 2015
  • By MR COOL

How old is your air conditioner? 5 years old? 10 years? 15? Do you even know? You should find out. Modern air conditioning is one of the best things about being alive in this day and age, but if you’re relying on an old air conditioner, you might be paying way, way too much to stay cool.

Out With the Old Air Conditioner, In With the New

Air conditioner technology has come a long way since it was first invented back at the dawn of the 20th century. We’ve replaced the bulky, loud, and noxious A/C units our parents first installed with energy efficient, quiet, and eco-safe models that do an even better job cooling and dehumidifying. You are using one of the energy efficient, quiet, and eco-safe models, right?

There’s a good chance you’re not. Too many American households still rely on effective, but inefficient technology to keep them cool during hot summer temperatures.

It’s understandable.

Really, it is. Buying a new air conditioner is fraught with uncertainties. You’re not an HVAC expert. How do you know you aren’t getting swindled? How do you know which unit is better than another? Are the latest units really better than the old air conditioner you’ve gotten by with for years?

Yes, they are, and upgrading can make a lot of difference.

New Tech, Old Problems

The HVAC industry is full of great, innovative companies, but they aren’t building increasingly efficient air conditioners out of pure goodness. US government residential efficiency standards have been rising steadily over the last few decades, and the latest standards came into effect as of January 1st, 2015. The newest high efficiency units cool just as well as your old air conditioner, but they are a lot more efficient.

Of course, the big question is, “How much of a difference will they make?”

Consider this: A typical 2.5 ton central AC system uses more electricity in one hour of continuous use than leaving your refrigerator door wide open for the same period of time. You would never leave your fridge open for that long, so why do you settle for an inferior, old air conditioner’s efficiency? If you live in a particularly hot climate, your A/C could account for up to 70% of your electric bill by itself.

That’s a lot of money.

Take the plunge. Invest in a new, high efficiency air conditioner for your home. You’ll get the same great air comfort you always have, but your electric bill will go down and you’ll be doing something good for the environment.

If you don’t, all you’ll lose is money.


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